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Movement restriction measure ends April 1

Izah Azahari

The movement restriction directive requiring the public to stay home from midnight to 4am under Operasi Peralihan, will be dissolved on April 1, six months after measures were rolled out to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Sultanate.

“The announcement is made with the consent of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam,” Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong said at the press conference yesterday, adding that the “Early Endemic Phase under the National COVID-19 Recovery Framework will be extended until April 15.”

His Majesty’s Government expresses gratitude to security enforcement agencies, the private sector, non-governmental organisations, volunteers and the public for their collective cooperation towards efforts in implementing the movement restriction and curbing the spread of the virus.

The government will continue to monitor the spread of the virus and ensure appropriate measures are taken in the interest of the safety of the populace, the minister said.

The public is reminded to not be complacent and to continue to adhere to standard operating procedures (SOP) and health protocols, including physical distancing, ensuring venue capacity limits, wearing face masks, maintaining cleanliness and the mandatory use of the BruHealth mobile application.

The use of an antigen rapid test (ART) kit prior to entering premises is encouraged.

“We must continue to pray, work together and have faith in Allah the Almighty that we will be safe from the pandemic,” the minister added.

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