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COVID-19 Brunei: MoH issues Raya guidelines; open house not allowed (2020)

BY James Kon

With Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration just around the corner and the COVID-19 situation in the country under control, members of the public are allowed to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri, but only by complying to guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health (MoH).

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar announced the guidelines for Hari Raya at the daily press conference at the MoH on Thursday.

The minister said, “In view of the COVID-19 situation in the country which is currently under control and by 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, the the ministry has issued guidelines for the celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitri this year.

“The celebration is only to be held with immediate family members. Large families must comply with mass gathering guidelines. Only 20-30 people at any one time are allowed according to the size of the home.

“Social visits to parents’ or siblings’ homes must be scheduled and taking turns when visiting. Members of the public are not allowed to hold ‘open houses’ or similar events. This includes hosting an open office at the workplace.”

He added, “Anyone with signs of infection or feeling unwell are not allowed to visit or be visited. The practice of shaking hands and hugs during Eid must be avoided. It is sufficient to give a gesture of greeting by placing the hand over the chest, smiling, or nodding. Avoid any physical contacts as much as possible.”

“Members of the public must maintain personal and environmental hygiene especially the cleanliness of hands. Avoid sharing food and drink utensils.”

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham also advised the public to ensure that food preparations are healthy and hygienic. “Reduce the intake of sweet, salty, and fatty food. Enhance your body’s immune system with nutritious food and plain water as your main choice.”

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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