De-escalation plan gets small food operators back on track

Rokiah Mahmud

After months of limited operations, eateries resumed full capacity yesterday, as Brunei Darussalam entered the fourth phase of its de-escalation plan.

Awangku Iswandy bin Pengiran Haji Ismail, who runs a café in Kampong Lambak Kanan, is eager to welcome customers back again.

“My business was hit hard and I faced a lot of problems at the start of the pandemic,” he told the Bulletin.

One major challenge was keeping the business alive, despite the lack of customers and revenue.

“Still, I kept going, because I knew that the situation would improve someday. I am thankful for our regular patrons,” he said.

Food seller Ummie Rania said, “The announcement came as a huge relief for me and my staff Our customers kept asking when we would re-open. Our profit from selling simple home-cooked meals was impacted by the pandemic, but sales are slowly returning due to the de-escalation,” she added.

Awangku Iswandy bin Pengiran Haji Ismail and his father. PHOTO: ROKIAH MAHMUD