Indonesia shuts multiple McDonald's outlets as BTS meal sparks buying frenzy & Covid-19 fears

Altercations broke out as many people were tasked to collect the BTS meal sparking pandemic fears.

Belmont Lay | June 10, 2021, 03:22 AM

At least 13 McDonald's outlets in Indonesia were forced to close temporarily on June 9, 2021 as the new BTS meal launched in the K-pop mad country causing a buying frenzy to erupt.

Photos and videos of the resulting mayhem were put up on social media.

Food delivery personnel swamped the fast food chain outlets, sparking Covid-19 fears, as altercations broke out between those in line, or what can be described as a mass of warm bodies.

Some of the delivery personnel were either not wearing masks, or wearing them wrongly.

They were all gathered there as they were tasked to pick up the meal named after the hugely popular boyband from Korea.

Indonesia is one of the hardest-hit nations in Asia this pandemic.

Outlets closed

In response to the overwhelming demand, the capital Jakarta and several other cities slapped closure stickers at outlets.

One city public order agency head said four to six McDonald's outlets were forced to close: "I don't want Semarang to be in the Covid-19 red zone again".

The capital Jakarta closed at least five stores.

The meal set of chicken nuggets, fries and a drink, first made available in Indonesia on June 9, has been on offer in dozens of countries since May.

BTS debuted in 2013 and has since become global superstars.