MCYS updates guidelines on public facilities

Rokiah Mahmud

Facilities at childcare centres, centres for persons with different abilities (OKU), museums, exhibition galleries, libraries, and senior citizens activity centres (PKWE) have entered the Level 5 of the de-escalation plan, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) stated in a release yesterday.

Indoor and outdoor activities are permitted for childcare centres, PKWE and centres for persons with different abilities. The scanning of the QR code remains a must before entering the premises and if this is not possible, details of participants should be recorded in a registration book before entry.

Those not feeling well, including workers of the centres are not allowed to enter the premises while hand sanitisers must be provided at the entrance.

Participants are also urged to avoid physical contact.

Sharing food and other items is not allowed at childcare centres. Parents and guardians should ensure that children use only their own equipment and wash hands before and after activities.

Workers are encouraged to wear face masks and clean the premises before and after use. The centres should also have proper air circulation.

The statement added that individuals under the weather should seek immediate treatment from doctors and isolate themselves.

It also advised to get vaccinated once the vaccination programme is implemented.

Meanwhile, for PKWE and centres for different abled, rooms, furniture and equipment must be sanitised before and after use while workers must wear face masks and gloves.

Museums, exhibition galleries and libraries can conduct activities at normal capacity with workers wearing face masks while equipment and areas must be cleaned before use with proper air circulation in the premises at all times.

Operational hours for museums, exhibition galleries and heritage park sites under the purview of the Museums Department will be from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The places will be closed on Friday.

The Belait District Museum and Sports Gallery will be open from Monday to Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm and will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Brunei History Centre exhibition gallery and heritage sites will be operational from 8am to noon on Mondays; 8am to noon and 2pm to 4pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; 8am to noon on Sundays (Bandarku Ceria) and closed on Friday.

The Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) branches in Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB), Kampong Pandan, Tutong and Temburong will be open daily from 8am to 5pm except the BSB branch which will be open until 6pm. It will be closed on public holidays.

DBP branches in Muara, Lambak Kanan, Sengkurong, Seria and Kuala Belait will operate Saturday to Thursday from 8am to 5pm and will be closed on Friday and public holidays.

The Bestari Community Centre in Kampong Rimba and Bestari Community Centre in Lumut will be open Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 8am to noon and 1.30pm to 4.30pm. The centre will be closed on Friday, Sunday and public holidays.

Meanwhile, the National Archives and Museums libraries will operate from Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 8am to noon and 2pm to 4pm. It will be closed on Fridays and Sundays. The Brunei History Centre Library and Borneo Study Centre will operate from Monday to Thursday and Saturday, 8am to noon and 2pm to 4pm. It will be closed on Friday and Sunday.

The ministry also reminded the public, visitors and managers to ensure that the BruHealth app is scanned for QR code before entering and exiting the premises and practice social distancing at all times.