Follow instructions while visiting festival stalls

James Kon

Members of the public must adhere to strict COVID-19 preventive measures when visiting festive stalls for the 74th birthday celebrations of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

The announcement was made yesterday by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), which stated, “In further strengthening the measures to curb COVID-19 in the country, and on the advice of the Ministry of Health, vendors and visitors to festive stalls are required to comply with the rules and regulations established by the Municipal Department and District Offices.”

The regulations require stall vendors and their employees to use face masks, and to stay at home if feeling unwell.

Vendors must also put up markers for social distancing and maintain standards of hygiene in their areas.

Visitors to stalls must always comply with social distancing guidelines and instructions imposed by the government.

Festival stalls assembled at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien. PHOTO: MUIZ MATDANI

Those who are unwell and with symptoms of infection are advised not to visit the festive stalls.

“The Ministry of Home Affairs wishes to remind that legal action under the Infectious Diseases Act, Chapter 204 will be taken against members of the public and vendors who do not comply with the guidelines and requirements,” said the MoHA in its statement.

Meanwhile, this year’s festival stalls will be organised at specific locations in each district, at 5pm-10pm from July 15-31.

In the Brunei-Muara District, the stalls will be located at the car park area in Jalan Bendahara, area within the Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien and along a section of Jalan Pretty.

In Belait, Tutong and Temburong districts, the stalls will be arranged at the Gerai Tudong Saji car park area, the open area opposite the Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Hospital and on the grounds of the Temburong Civic Centre.