Business premises fined for violating MoH directives

James Kon

The Health Enforcement Unit issued eight business premises with compound fines totalling BND3,000 for violating the Ministry of Health‘s (MoH) directives, during a nationwide Operasi Merati carried out from September 14 to 20.

The violations included not enforcing the use of face masks for employees in restaurants, barber shops, and health and beauty establishments.

Several business premises also failed to provide temperature checks, hand sanitiser and the BruHealth QR Code for scanning.

The operation targetted 153 business premises at the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital, Sengkurong, The Mall Gadong, Batu Satu, Jalan Chempaka, Bandar Seri Begawan and Perdana Wangsa Haji Mohammad Mosque of Kampong Setia in the Brunei-Muara District; Pandan B and Kampong Pandan Mosque in the Belait District; Kampong Birau in the Tutong District; and Pekan Bangar and Kampong Puni in the Temburong District.

“The MoH reminded the owners, managers and employees of business premises to comply with the instructions and regulations issued by MoH and other government agencies,” said the MoH in a statement.

“This includes ensuring that their employees involved in the preparation and handling of food are using face masks. They should carry out their social obligations by instilling a culture of COVID-19 preventive measures within business premises.”

The public encourage to use face masks when visiting mosques, suraus and religious halls, while premises managers are required to display the BruHealth QR code for scanning by customers.

Premises managers are also reminded to use the Premise Scan application for customers without access to the BruHealth application on their mobile phones, instead of resorting to the practice of taking down personal details in a record book.

Cleanliness must be observed in all business premises, while food premises are required to adhere to government guidelines when providing buffets.

For updates and information, visit the MoH’s official website at or social media pages on Facebook and Instagram.

To lodge complaints of business premises violating the MoH’s guideline or instructions, email [email protected] or contact Darussalam hotline at 123.