Tuition, music schools to resume operations today

James Kon & Syazwani Hj Rosli

Tuition and music schools in the Sultanate resume operations today, but only for one-on-one classes.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar announced this at the daily press conference yesterday.

“The Ministry of Health (MoH) would like to inform the public on the additional reduction to social distancing measures (implemented following the COVID-19 outbreak in the country), this time involving tuition and music schools. At this time, only one-on-one classes are allowed. The additional reduction of this social distancing measures commences today,” he said.

Managers of tuition and music schools are required to obtain a specific BruHealth QR code for their premises, print the QR code and attach it at the entrance for customers to scan prior to entry and leaving. They will also be required to conduct body temperature checks on customers at the entrance; ensure customers adhere to the social distancing guidelines; and to advise those showing signs of infection/those of high risk to not come to the premises.

The public is required to comply with all regulations and directives related to the reduction of social distancing measures.

“The ministry will not hesitate to take legal action against anyone who fails to comply with the directives.”

“Violating any order issued is an offence under the Infectious Diseases Act (Section 204) that carries a fine of up to BND10,000, six months’ imprisonment or both,” Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said.

Meanwhile, Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman said Phase 2 of the school reopening plans (for preschool to Year 5 students) will depend on the advice of the MoH.

“The initial plan is to reopen schools for the remaining students in two weeks – if circumstances permit and everything is in order for the second phase. The plans are being arranged,” he said.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said that in the two weeks prior to Phase 2, the MoH will conduct random COVID-19 tests on teachers, with plans to conduct over 1,000 tests in total.

“The teachers have been scheduled to go for swabbing,” Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said.

Students who will sit for public examinations returned to schools on June 2.