11 businesses fined for flouting health directives

James Kon

Eleven business premises were issued compound fines totalling BND3,450 for violating health directives to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The violations included lack of mask use among employees at eateries, barbershops, and health and beauty establishments, along with failure to conduct temperature checks and perform BruHealth QR code scans.

The premises were among 71 businesses that came under the scrutiny of the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) Health Enforcement Unit, during the latest Operasi Merati carried out from November 9-15, the MoH said in a statement yesterday.

The operation targetted areas in Sungai Hanching, Bandar Seri Begawan, Gadong market, Batu Bersurat, Gadong Central, Serusop, Lumapas and Batu Satu in the Brunei-Muara District; Bumiputra Building and the Kuala Belait Light Industrial Complex in the Belait District; Pekan Tutong, Kampong Batang Mitus and Kampong Lamunin in the Tutong District; and Pekan Bangar in the Temburong District.

The operations in the Belait and Temburong districts were conducted by Health Enforcement Unit officers, while the ones in the Brunei-Muara and Tutong districts were carried out with the joint involvement of the Land Transport Department (JPD) under the Ministry of Transport and Info-communications (MTIC).

The MoH reminds all owners, managers and staff at business premises to comply with the health instructions and regulations, especially employees involved in the preparation and handling of food. They should also be socially responsible and instil a culture of preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19 in business premises.

Members of the public are meanwhile required to use masks and adhere to the guidelines issued by the government when visiting mosques, suraus and religious halls.

Foreign-registered vehicles entering Brunei Darussalam are required to use a vehicle pass sticker, which came into full force on October 1. Applications for the vehicle sticker can be made online via the TransportBN app or at www.jpd.gov.bn.

Managers of business premises must obtain the BruHealth QR code for scanning by customers. They are also advised to make use of the PremiseScan app for customers who do not have access to the BruHealth app on their mobile phones, instead of taking down personal details in a record book.

Cleanliness must be observed at all times in business premises, while food premises must comply with the established guidelines from the government when serving buffets.

Members of the public can log on to the official MoH website at www.moh.gov.bn, or social media pages at Facebook and Instagram, for updates. The public can also lodge complaints of business premises violating the MoH guidelines or instructions by emailing [email protected] or contacting Darussalam hotline 123.