MoH updates guidelines for churches, temples

James Kon

Churches and temples are allowed to hold services for up to two hours, according to the country’s Level 2 de-escalation plan, at 60 per cent of the normal capacity.

During this phase, safety practices must be maintained such as obtaining a specific BruHealth QR code for the premises, conducting temperature checks, physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres apart, providing handwashing facilities or hand sanitisers for the attendees, and requiring all staff and visitors to use face masks.

Cloth face masks may be worn, but must be washed daily after use. The premises must be sanitised before and after each service. Visitors and staff exhibiting symptoms of the infection, or those at a high risk of developing a severe form of the infection, are advised from attending until they have fully recovered.

Failing to comply with these instructions given is an offence under the Infectious Diseases Act (Chapter 204), which is punishable with a fine of BND10,000 or imprisonment of up to six months, or both.

Information on the easing of restriction for other places of worship under Operational Readiness Level 2 can be found at the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) official website.

The public can also obtain more detailed information on the updated guidelines for driving schools, golf courses, gyms, indoor sports facilities, Internet cafés, mosques and suraus, museums, libraries, mass gatherings and so on at the website.