PKWE, museums re-open tomorrow

Rokiah Mahmud

The Senior Citizen Activity Centre (PKWE), museums, exhibition galleries and libraries will be allowed to re-open starting tomorrow, under Operational Readiness Level I.

These facilities had been shuttered from March 16, 2020, following the COVID-19 outbreak in the sultanate.

These facilities are required to comply with guidelines issued by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and advise by the Ministry of Health (MoH).

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin shared this during the press conference at the MoH yesterday.

The PKWE will only be allowed to operate at 30 per cent capacity at a time, allowing entry for only those of low risk with no chronic illness/symptoms of flu and cough. The minister added that only indoor activities can be carried out, while outdoor activities are not permitted.

The 30 per cent capacity rule applies for museums, exhibition galleries and libraries as well. Members of the public are also reminded to ensure they are not of high risk or have illnesses (including cough and flu symptoms) if they intend to visit these facilities.

These facilities will only operate for five hours a day, three times a week.

Facilities under the MCYS will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, while the operation of other facilities will be dependent on the owners’ decision. Managers and visitors will have to download BruHealth app to obtain a QR code. Senior citizens and individuals with contact to vulnerable groups are advised to be extra cautious, ensure physical distancing and practise social responsibility and self-hygiene.

Facility guideline details can be obtained at www.kkbs.gov.bn.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin speaks at the press conference. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI