MoH updates Hari Raya guidelines

James Kon

Hari Raya Aidilfitri gatherings this year will be limited to private events with family members and close friends, in keeping with the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health (MoH).

In a statement issued yesterday, the MoH said, “Although the COVID-19 outbreak in Brunei Darussalam is currently under control and no local cases have been reported for nearly a year, there are still concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. “In view of the ongoing COVID-19 situation globally and the implementation of the vaccination programme is still in its early stages, Brunei Darussalam needs to continue to be vigilant by adhering to the guidelines and regulations issued during the pandemic.

“In this regard, taking into account the current COVID-19 situation and that Brunei Darussalam is currently in Level 5 of the De-escalation Plan, this year’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations may be celebrated by organising private events, ie limiting invited guests to immediate family members and close friends only.”

The MoH’s established guidelines stipulate that the gatherings are to be held on a scheduled basis appropriate to the available house capacity, to prevent overcrowding.

Large families with limited house space are advised to hold gatherings at a hall, while adhering to current restrictions on mass events and the scanning of the BruHealth QR code at entry points.

Those showing signs of infection or feeling unwell are not allowed to visit or be visited by close family members during Hari Raya.

Shaking hands and hugs can be substituted by placing the hand on the chest, along with a smile or a nod of the head, as a sign of respect and greeting. Members of the public are advised to maintain hygiene and the cleanliness of their surroundings. Proper coughing and sneezing etiquette should be observed at all times, while the sharing of eating and drinking utensils such as spoons, forks, plates and cups should be avoided.

“Let us together protect ourselves and our families, as well as be socially responsible to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection in Brunei Darussalam,” said the MoH statement.