Businesses reminded to abide by regulations

James Kon

Health Enforcement personnel under the Ministry of Health (MoH) found 55 of the 85 inspected business premises in the latest operation Operasi Merati not complying with the ministry’s instructions to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

The enforcement personnel took action against 29 premises by issuing compound fines amounting to BND900. Some offences included staff serving and preparing food without a face mask, barbers not wearing face masks, business premises not having temperature checks and not implementing social distancing measures.

The operation was conducted in the Brunei-Muara, Belait and Temburong districts from July 6 to 12, according to a press statement. In the Brunei-Muara District, inspections were conducted in Kampong Rimba, Gadong and Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien; Wisma Yakin, Jalan Pretty and Jalan McKerron in the Belait District; and Bangar, Kampong Batu Apoi, Ujung Jalan, Kampong Rataie, Kampong Belingus, Kampong Amo, Batang Tuau, government building complex and Kampong Negalang in the Temburong District.

The operation at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien was carried out with officials from BSB Municipal Department and police personnel as a joint operation during Bandarku Ceria.

The 85 premises inspected comprised 59 food premises, five barber shops and 19 food stalls.

Health Enforcement personnel advised customers to utilise the BruHealth app and reminded them to be socially responsible and practise social distancing. The MoH reminded business owners, managers and staff to comply with the MoH regulations.