A total of 85 local business premises were found disobeying instructions issued by Health Enforcement Unit officers from the Ministry of Health (MoH) during Operasi Merati held from July 13-19.
Two of the businesses were issued with compound fines of BND400, while the remaining business premises were issued with warnings and the violations were put on record for follow up checks. Among the violations which levied with compound fines were workers not wearing face masks when preparing and handling food, staff of barbershops and beauty salons without face masks, no temperature checks and no social distancing measures.
During the operation, health enforcement officials also guided customers in using the BruHealth application, and reminded them to practise social distancing at all times.
The operation was conducted at food premises, barbershops, beauty establishments and food stalls nationwide. The areas targetted were Batu Satu, Ong Sum Ping, Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien and Bandar Seri Begawan in the Brunei-Muara District; and at Bangunan Haji Abdul Karim bin Husin & Anak Anak in the Belait District.
Checks were also conducted at Pekan Tutong, Petani Mall, Berjaya Mall and Chempaka Complex in Tutong District, and Pekan Bangar in Temburong District.
A total of 155 business premises were scrutinised, which comprised 62 food premises, 10 barbershops and 83 stalls/vendors.
The MoH reminded owners and managers as well as staff of business premises to comply with the regulations issued by the MoH and other government agencies.
They also stressed the need to be socially responsible and implement preventive measures at business premises, especially by making use of the BruHealth app. It is also important to practise cleanliness in these premises at all times, they added.