12 businesses fined for flouting directives

James Kon

Twelve local businesses were issued compound fines totalling BND3,200, for violating directives from the Ministry of Health (MoH), during the latest Operasi Merati carried out by the Health Enforcement Unit.

The violations included the lack of mask use among employees at food premises, barbershops and health and beauty establishments; failure to observe social distancing measures; and not displaying the BruHealth QR code.

The operation from October 5-11 covered 132 business premises at Ong Sum Ping, Serusop, Gadong, Kiulap, Batu Satu, Jerudong, Berakas and the Kampong Sungai Besar Mosque in the Brunei-Muara District; the Pandan 7 Commercial Building in Kampong Pandan B, the Pandan 5 Jaisa Building, the Pekan Seria Commercial Building and the Al-Mashor Mosque in Kampong Sungai Mau in the Belait District; the Berjaya Complex in Kampong Petani in the Tutong District; and Kampong Bokok and the Kampong Bokok Mosque in the Temburong District.

Business owners, managers and staff are reminded to comply with instructions and directives issued by the MoH and other government agencies, particularly the use of face masks 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, encouraged to use face masks when visiting mosques, suraus and religious halls, as well as complying with the guidelines issued by the government.

Managers of premises are required to obtain the BruHealth QR code and place it in a convenient location for customers to scan.

They are also reminded to make use of the PremiseScan app for customers who do not have access to the BruHealth app on their mobile phones, instead of resorting to the approach of taking down personal details in a record book.

Business premises are required to maintain cleanliness, while food premises must comply with the established guidelines from the government when serving buffets.