Explaination on Measures to Curb the COVID-19 Outbreak

The Minister of Home Affairs explained more on measures to curb the COVID-19 outbreak.

Night food stalls that are held every night in 'Tamu Aneka Temburong' including 'Tamu Besar Temburong' that takes place on every Saturday will be temporarily closed effective yesterday, the 18th of March 2020 until a later date. Meanwhile, the 'Tamu Mingguan Pasarneka' and 'Tamu Tutong' that are operational on every Thursday and Sunday will also be closed starting today, the 19th of March 2020 until a later date. For food premises including restaurants, eateries, cafes, food court, food stalls and the like are not allowed to serve food at the premise, and are only allowed to prepare food for take away only starting today, the 19th of March 2020 until a later date. All bowling centres will be closed starting today, the 19th of March 2020 until a later date.

The Minister of Home Affairs also highlighted on the control measures for visitor's entry into the country, following the Ministry of Health's media release on the 18th of March on banning entry from Hubei, People's Republic of China, Islamic Republic of Iran, and the whole of Europe including the United Kingdom. The ban is for those arriving from the stated country within 14 days with the exemption of Brunei Darussalam citizens and residents.

The Ministry of Home Affairs further clarifies on the category of residents that were given exemption of entering the country apart from Brunei Darussalam citizens. They are: Brunei Darussalam permanent residents; foreign workers holding green identity card; foreign workers holding immigration passes namely Employment Pass, Student Pass and Dependent Pass; those who have valid immigration pass; diplomats as well as their dependents who are working in the country; and British military personnel who are based in the country as well as their dependents. On the overseas travel bar, this has been enforced since the 16th of March 2020 and has been included in the exit country application guideline for citizens and residents of Brunei Darussalam issued by the Prime Minister's Office.

Source: Radio Television Brunei