Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports YB Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Aminuddin Ihsan POKSMDSP Hj Abidin during a press conference at the Ministry of Health. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

All government-owned sports complexes have already registered for the BruHealth mobile application QR code in preparation for the sultanate’s first phase of the de-escalation of COVID-19 policy responses, revealed the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports on Thursday.

This was said during a press conference where it was announced that the government will be reducing the number of social and physical distancing measures that have been implemented during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the re-opening of gyms, fitness centres and sports complexes.

Yang Berhormat Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Aminuddin Ihsan POKSMDSP Hj Abidin said that all 22 of the government’s indoor and outdoor sports complexes have already registered for the BruHealth QR Code.

The BruHealth QR Code is a recently introduced digital mechanism that would enable business premises to ensure that the number of patrons visiting is within the quota that has been allotted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) to prevent any further outbreaks.

Source: Ministry of Health

The Culture, Youth and Sports Minister added that the ministry will be taking the necessary steps to ensure that gyms, fitness centre, indoor and outdoor sports complexes, as well as golf courses, achieve the Operational Level 1 Readiness.

The Operational Level 1 Readiness is a requirement for the BruHealth QR Code and entails that all facilities mentioned above will operate on a limited basis in accordance with the terms and guidelines that have been set by MoH.

Under these terms and guidelines, all sporting premises and facilities will be required to operate at 30 percent of its capacity and must only be open to registered BruHealth users, provided that users must pre-book their sessions in advance.

Illustration purposes: One of the gym members at Emi Bodybuilder Gym seen training. Image: The Bruneian

Gym and fitness centre patrons will only be allowed one hour per session.

Meanwhile, indoor and outdoor sports complexes will only be allowed for solo players per session, and they are required to bring their own sporting equipment as the sharing of equipment is not allowed.

For golf courses, every flight will be limited to two players only with golf buggies only allowed one user at a time. Players will also be required to carry and use their own equipment on the golf course.

Swimming pools, however, will not be re-opened during this first phase, continued the minister adding that organised, team and contact sports are also not allowed during this period.

“In this regard, we would like to remind premise owners and users to download the BruHealth application for the purpose of registering for the QR codes,” continued YB Dato Hj Aminuddin.

He then called on the public to continue practicing existing social distance guidelines by practicing physical distancing as well as maintaining personal hygiene as well as the cleanliness of the sporting facilities and equipment at all times.

Illustration purposes: Participants doing the cardio at the FZ: Progresif’s Bootcamp to Progress. Image: Azrina Zin

“I think that the responsibility to ensure that all these de-escalation programs will work falls on all of us,” he went on to say.

“So we have to work together because the accountability is on everybody. As for the government, we will ensure that these premises are monitored (efficiently) so that we (as a country) can move forward to the next phase,” he concluded.

During the press conference, the minister proceeded to reveal that there are currently 1,247 individuals that have registered under the Youth Volunteers initiative.

“The volunteers have been assigned tasks in several different places based on the needs of the MoH and the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) whereby approximately 150 volunteers are mobilized every day,” he explained.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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