Ten premises fined during ‘Op Merati’

James Kon

Health enforcement officers issued compound fines totalling BND1,150 on 10 premises for violating directives and instructions issued by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

The violations detected during the nationwide ‘Op Merati’ included unmasked employees at premises, barbershops and health and beauty establishments, and failure to conduct temperature checks at premises.

According to the MoH, 124 businesses in four districts were inspected from October 19-25.
Meanwhile, three vehicles without the compulsory foreign vehicle pass stickers were found.

The joint operation in Brunei-Muara District was carried out with Enforcement officers from the Royal Brunei Police Force, Royal Customs and Excise Department, the Immigration and National Registration Department, the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism and Land Transport Department.

In Belait District, it was carried out by the Kuala Belait and Seria Municipal Board.

Meanwhile, in Tutong and Temburong districts, it was carried out by health enforcement officers from the Health Enforcement Unit of the MoH.

Business owners, managers and staff have been reminded to adhere to the instructions and directives issued by the MoH and government agencies, particularly on the use of face masks during the preparation and handling of food. Managers are required to obtain the BruHealth

QR code and place it in a convenient location for customers to scan.
They are also reminded to make use of the Premise Scan app for customers who do not have access to the BruHealth app on their mobile phones, instead of resorting to the approach of taking down personal details in a record book.

Business premises are also required to maintain cleanliness, while food premises must comply with the government guidelines when serving buffets.

The public must use face masks when visiting mosques, suraus and religious halls, as well as comply with the government guidelines.

Foreign vehicles entering Brunei are required to use the compulsory foreign vehicle pass stickers from October 1.

Application for the sticker can be made through TransportBN apps or www.jpd.gov.bn.
The public can visit www.moh.gov.bn or MoH’s social media pages for updates.

The public can email [email protected] or contact Darussalam line at 123 to lodge complaints on business premises violating the MoH guidelines.