Wearing masks not compulsory but encouraged: Minister

Azlan Othman & Izah Azahari

Members of the public are urged to set up good examples by wearing face masks especially when visiting crowded places like stalls during the current royal birthday celebrations.

“If you look at our daily press releases, we are still carrying out swab tests. QR code scanning is still in place and social responsibility must also be adhered to,” said Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar when asked about measures for visiting crowded places.

COVID-19 is still raging outside the country but Bruneians are frequenting hiking tracks, crowding shopping malls and throng festive stalls. The public is advised not to overlook the pandemic situation, said the minister.

“In the next phase, new norms will be in place and one can’t do whatever they wish during the new norm. It is not normal anymore,” said Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham.

“Every individual has an important part to play in ensuring the situation is under control,” said the minister. “Such as social distancing while queuing or wearing face masks in public. Face masks, although not compulsory are encouraged especially in crowded places. Those that are in high risk are not encouraged to go out unless necessary.”

The minister reiterated the importance in scanning the QR code. “A person’s phone and QR code are important not only to protect themselves and their family but also the nation. It is important to ensure that everyone is safe.”