Tutong residents flock to festival night stalls

Izah Azahari

Tutong District residents flocked to festive night stalls or perayaan yesterday to enliven 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’s 74th birthday celebration.

The annual festive night stalls feature 23 vendors selling food, drinks and decorations from 5pm to 10pm.

Vendor Nuralinda binti Abdul Majid said this year’s celebration is quite different from previous years due to the COVID-19 outbreak. “Alhamdulillah, there has been quite a turn out even without the live performances.”

This year’s festivities were organised differently as the public adhered to strict preventive measures. Visitors must scan the BruHealth QR code and have their temperature checked before entering the venue.

They are also reminded to comply with social distancing guidelines. The Municipal Department and District Office urged the visitors to comply with the guidelines and preventive measures imposed by the government. Those who are unwell and with symptoms of infection are advised to not visit the stalls.

The regulations also require stall vendors and their employees to use face masks while preparing any food or beverages, and to stay at home if feeling unwell.

Vendors must also put up markers for social distancing and maintain standards of hygiene in their area.

Perayaan visitors in the Tutong District. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR