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COVID-19 Brunei: Social distancing measure at Tamu Kianggeh Complex (2020)

Visitors comply with the social distancing rule at the Tamu Kianggeh Complex. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

BY Lyna Mohamad

The management of Tamu Kianggeh Complex recently created red squares for customers to practise social distancing while waiting in line to buy grocery.

The squares are outlined on the floors of the vendor stalls, so that customers can stand at least one metre away from the next person in the queue.

On Friday, a team from the management, accompanied by personnel from the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) toured the marketplace, to ensure that members of the public were adhering to the rules of social distancing.

Leading the team was Morshidi bin Haji Omar, who said, “These measures are being taken to meet the requirements of the World Health Organization (WHO) to keep a distance between individuals in a public area.”

He added that they have limited the number of vendors on the exterior part of the complex: “Before the outbreak, we had vendors from Tutong and Belait plying their businesses here. We have been instructed to inform them that, for the time being, only about 30 exterior stalls are allowed.

“On behalf of the management, which is under the jurisdiction of the Bandar Seri Begawan Municipal Department, I hope that they will have patience and understand the current situation by following the temporary requirements, as the actions being taken are advised by the relevant health authorities.”

Morshidi also appealed to customers to avoid bringing too many family members with them, “particularly young children and senior citizens, as they have a high risk of infections.

“For now, the management is not carrying out measures such as the checking of body temperatures. Insya Allah, once they have consulted with the health authorities, they may be implementing such measures,” he said.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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