Follow MoH guidelines for visiting arcades, indoor playgrounds

James Kon

Arcades will re-open at Level 1 of the de-escalation plan at 30 per cent capacity and a one-hour limit for each person in a day starting on July 27.

The guidelines at the Ministry of Health (MoH)’s website also state arcades must be closed for 30 minutes every two hours for cleaning and disinfection.

The cleaning and disinfecting of arcade consoles must be carried out before and after operational hours, with priority given to frequently touched surfaces such as joysticks, buttons and keyboards, as well as movable objects such as netballs.

Objects that cannot be washed, cleaned or disinfected should not be used during this period.
Visitors must ensure a distance of at least one metre between the games or consoles.

As with arcades, indoor playgrounds are set to re-open on July 27, at 30 per cent of the usual capacity and a one-hour limit for each person in a day.

Indoor playgrounds must also be closed for 30 minutes every two hours, for cleaning and disinfection. The cleaning and disinfecting procedures should be carried out before and after
operational hours.

Indoor playgrounds are currently not allowed to use stuffed toys, toys resembling food items, toys which can easily be put in the mouth and in direct contact with saliva, such as small plastic balls, and toys that cannot be washed, cleaned or disinfected.

Arcade and indoor playground management are required to obtain BruHealth QR codes for scanning by visitors upon entering and leaving.

This requirement is exempt for arcades or indoor playgrounds located within a restaurant that already has its own BruHealth QR code.

Management must ensure health and physical distancing measures involved temperature checks for visitors, providing visitors with hand washing facilities or hand sanitisers, and encouraging visitors and staff to wear face masks. Cloth face masks may be worn, provided that they are washed daily after use.

The premises must be regularly cleaned and sanitised, especially frequently touched surfaces such as tables, chairs, countertops, handrails and door handles.

Game consoles and toys should be wiped with soapy water and rinsed with clean water. The surfaces should be disinfected by wiping with a piece of cloth that has been soaked in household bleach diluted one part of bleach to 49 parts water, and left to dry or rinsed with clean water.

Disinfection may also be done by wiping surfaces with 70 per cent alcohol-impregnated wipes and left to dry. Visitors or staff exhibiting symptoms of infection or with red BruHealth codes are advised to stay clear of the premises.

Failure to comply with the instructions is an offence under the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204), which is punishable by a fine of up to BND10,000 or imprisonment of up to six months or both.