The Coronavirus pandemic has been an interesting and perhaps scary circumstance to follow across the globe. While many areas are successfully attempting to go into quarantine in an effort to stop the spread of the virus, others aren’t having as much luck. In fact, Indonesia is currently struggling quite a bit with the Coronavirus pandemic – and now authorities there have come up with a truly unexpected and truly bizarre way to maintain their mandated quarantine. As it turns out, those in Indonesia who break quarantine are now being punished by having to stay in haunted houses.
Here’s how the situation regarding the Indonesia haunted houses was described by The Jakarta Post:
“Sragen regency head Kusdinar Untung Yuni Sukowati says she issued the unusual edict this week to deal with an influx of people to the area after lockdowns in the capital Jakarta and other major cities… Sukowati instructed communities to repurpose abandoned houses that were feared to be haunted — tapping widespread beliefs in the supernatural, which play a key role in Indonesian folklore.
‘If there’s an empty and haunted house in the village, put people in there and lock them up,’ Sukowati told AFP Tuesday when asked about the rule.”
Yikes. Now there have certainly been some bizarre legal responses for those who have attempted to break quarantine elsewhere in the world. But throwing them in haunted houses for violating quarantine procedures? Now that’s definitely something that I couldn’t have guessed in a million years.
But, hey, it definitely makes for a good story. Maybe that should be the next Coronavirus themed horror movie following Corona Zombies? A group of people being forced to stay in a haunted house during quarantine times might be the next big idea. In the meantime, let’s just be glad that the haunted house procedure seems to be limited to Indonesia.