Face masks mandatory for food servers, not for students

Rokiah Mahmud

Students returning to school are recommended to wear face masks, but it is not obligatory for them to do so.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said at a press conference yesterday students would only be required to use masks during a community transmission of COVID-19.

“Alhamdulillah, we don’t have that scenario in Brunei. It is advisable for students to wear face masks, but not necessarily of the surgical type. Even the washable types are also good enough,” he said. “The use of face shields is also not mandatory. But if you want extra protection, then it is up to you to wear it.

“It is mandatory for those serving food, whether in fast food outlets or restaurants. They are the ones who should be using face masks.”

Last weekend, the Health Enforcement Unit under the Ministry of Health (MoH) found that over 50 per cent of restaurants in the Brunei-Muara District violated social distancing measures and other guidelines issued by the MoH.

“Quite a lot of these premises are not complying with the requirements for the BruHealth QR code,” said the minister.

“Notices have been issued to them. If these premises are still refusing to comply during the next round of inspections, they will immediately be taken to court.”