Three eateries fined for flouting MoH directives

James Kon

Three business premises were slapped with compound fines amounting to BND300 in violation of directives and instructions to curb the COVID-19 spread in the country, during the latest ‘Merati Operation’ by health enforcement personnel under the Health Enforcement Division of the Ministry of Health (MoH).

The violations included unmasked employees at eateries, barbershops, and health and beauty establishments; failure to conduct temperature checks; and not providing a BruHealth QR code.

According to the MoH, “157 business premises in the Brunei-Muara District, Belait District and Tutong District came under inspection between November 30 and December 6”.

The operation targetted the Sungai Tujoh Control Post, Kiulap, Gadong, Jerudong, the Muafakat stalls at Kampong Selayun, Kampong Lambak Kiri stalls, community hall stalls and MPK Kampong Lambak Kanan, Kampong Pandan A commercial buildings as well as areas in Kampong Kelugos, Kampong Luagan Dudok, Kampong Sengkarai and Kampong Petani.

Owners, managers and staff at business premises are reminded to comply with the health instructions and regulations, particularly employees involved in the preparation and handling of food. They are required to be socially responsible and to adopt a culture of taking preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19 at business premises.

Managers of business premises must obtain the BruHealth QR code for scanning by customers.

They are also advised to make use of the PremiseScan app for customers who do not have access to the BruHealth app on their mobile phones, instead of taking down personal details in a record book.

Cleanliness must be observed at all times at business premises. Eateries must also adhere to government guidelines when serving buffets.