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Tourists in Bali are being made to do push-ups for violating mask rules

Tourists caught not wearing face masks on the Indonesian resort island of Bali were subjected to an unusual punishment of ‘push-ups’.

Footage circulating on social media shows foreigners made to do the exercise in sweltering tropical heat as masked security officials stood over them.

Bali authorities made wearing a face mask in public mandatory last year as Indonesia battled a raging Covid-19 outbreak.

In recent days, however, scores of foreigners have been caught without face coverings, said security official Gusti Agung Ketut Suryanegara.

More than 70 people caught were also asked to pay a fine of USD $7.

Those not carrying a mask had to do push-ups up to 50, while those who were wearing one improperly were punished with 15.

Earlier, Bali authorities had warned of deporting tourists who failed to wear masks.

The island, which has been hammered by the epidemic, remains officially closed to overseas tourists but is home to many long-term residents from abroad.

Foreigners living elsewhere in Indonesia can still visit.