BY James Kon
Seven business establishments were slapped with compound fines totalling BND2,000 during the ‘Ops Merati’ operation for ignoring instructions issued by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Among the violations were food premises staff not using face masks while handling and preparing food as well as staff at barber and beauty establishments not wearing face masks.
There were also violations of not providing hand sanitisers as well as food premises providing buffet services.
The operations were carried out in all four districts targetting food premises, Internet cafés, and health and beauty establishments. Commercial areas of Serusop, Batu Bersurat, Gadong, Kiulap and Mabohai in Brunei-Muara District were inspected. Bunga Eimpur stalls in Belait District, Kampong Telisai’s Sri Aman Complex in Tutong District and Kampong Rataie’s Belalong Hall field area in Temburong District were also under scrutiny.
Of the 72 premises inspected, 21 were food premises, three Internet cafés, 42 stalls, four barber shops and two health and beauty establishments.
The Health Enforcement Unit advised customers to use the BruHealth app and practice social distancing while at business premises.
The MoH urged the public especially managers and staff of business premises to comply with the instructions issued by the ministry and government agencies to curb the spread of COVID-19.
It is also important to obtain BruHealth QR code or use PremiseScan application at premises.
Food premises were reminded to maintain cleanliness and not provide buffet service.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin