Keep CNY celebrations intimate, public told

James Kon

Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations will be a low-key event with no open houses this year, under the new normal.

At a press conference yesterday, Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said, “The CNY celebrations should be held only with immediate family members.

“Open house events are not allowed, while those who show signs of infection or feel unwell are not allowed to go visiting or be visited by immediate family members.

“The practice of hand shaking and hugging should be avoided; it is sufficient to signal a greeting by placing the hand on the chest, giving a smile or nodding, as a sign of respect and greeting. Avoid making physical contact or touching others.”

He also said, “Ensure that the surrounding environment is hygienic and personal hygiene is maintained, especially hand hygiene. Practise proper coughing and sneezing etiquette at all times.”

In an interview following the press conference, the minister said, “Lion dance troupes are permitted to go to individual houses. However, there must not be any physical contact, and each host must provide the BruHealth code for the troupe members. This will help us to carry out contact tracing, if any transmission occurs.”

“Troupe members will also need to use gloves while performing, and make use of hand sanitiser after each house visit.”

The minister stressed on the need to adhere to the precautionary measures for COVID-19, saying, “Although Brunei Darussalam currently doesn’t have any local transmissions, we cannot be complacent. We need to be vigilant against COVID-19 infections.”