Public reminded to always carry out social responsibilities

James Kon

Members of the public are urged to continue complying with all directives issued by the government in the effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Brunei Darussalam.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar reminded the public to always practise their social responsibilities by maintaining personal hygiene, practising proper coughing and sneezing etiquette, wearing face mask in crowded places and avoid attending public areas and social gatherings when unwell.

On attending Friday prayers, the minister said, “The public is reminded to wear face masks when they are within the compounds of the mosques, as well as bringing their own prayer mats and scan the QR code before entering. Anyone failing to comply with this directive is committing an offence under the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204) which carries a fine up to BND5,000 or if convicted in court, can be fined up to BND10,000 or jailed for up to six months or both.

“The Ministry of Health (MoH) will not hesitate to take legal action against anyone who does not comply with the directives that have been issued.”

The public is also reminded to scan the QR code through the BruHealth app before entering and leaving public premises such as shopping malls, retail shops, restaurants, beauty establishments, barber shops and others. Premise owners are advised to display the QR code at their entrances.

The use of the BruHealth app is important for the MoH to help conduct contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.