‘Ops Merati’ detects violations by restaurants

James Kon

Several restaurants in the Brunei-Muara District were recently found in violation of social distancing measures, during an inspection conducted by the Health Enforcement Unit under the Ministry of Health (MoH).

The operation, codenamed ‘Ops Merati’, was carried out in Gadong, Kiulap, Serusop, Berakas, Menglait, Kiarong, Batu Bersurat and Batu Satu last Saturday.

The businesses were found to have ignored health regulations such as displaying a BruHealth code, social distancing at counters and tables, requiring staff to use face masks and gloves, and allowing customers to occupy more than the sanctioned 30 per cent capacity on the premises.

Stern warnings were issued to the managers of these businesses, while the violations were recorded, for more follow-up inspections.

The ‘Ops Merati’ Operation was carried out to ensure that all restaurant managers and employees were practising the guidelines issued by the MoH, to help curb the COVID-19 spread.

The operation was also conducted to remind restaurant customers to use the BruHealth app and also of their role in adhering to social distancing guidelines.

In a press statement, the MoH said, “The Ministry of Health wishes to remind the managers and staff of business premises to comply with our instructions in carrying out their social distancing responsibilities and implementing preventive measures against COVID-19 in their premises.

“Therefore, it is vital that businesses obtain the BruHealth QR code to be displayed at their front entrances for scanning by customers, while entering and leaving; to conduct temperature checks before entering; and to practise social distancing measures and good hygiene in premises.”

Enforcement personnel under the Health Enforcement Unit of the Ministry of Health (MoH) advising staff of business premises. PHOTO: JAMES KON
Photos show Health Enforcement Unit officers during the operation. PHOTOS: JAMES KON