Minister of Home Affairs, YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr.) Haji Awang Abu Bakar Haji Apong during a press conference at the Ministry of Health. Image: Rafidah Hamit

As Brunei Darussalam enters its fourth phase of COVID-19 de-escalation measures, trade fair and bazaars are now allowed to take place and applications will be opened next week, announced the Minister of Home Affairs.

The minister said this on Wednesday during a press conference where a number of additional reductions of social and physical distancing measures were introduced, including an updated guideline on mass gatherings, where crowds of not more than a hundred people are allowed.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Abu Bakar Hj Apong said that starting July 27, applications for organising trade fairs and bazaars will be opened, however, organisers must comply with certain conditions.

Firstly, organisers are required to obtain their BruHealth QR code for the venue and display them at the entrances and exits of the event.

Body temperature checks and hand sanitizers must also be readily provided for visitors.

The BruHealth QR Code seen on the entrance of eateries and premises nationwide. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

“Trade fairs and bazaars are only allowed to be held in commercial buildings. Use of venues such as convention centres however are still prohibited,” said YB Pehin Dato Hj Abu Bakar. 

Under the new guidelines, exhibitor stalls are also required to be spaced three metres apart from each other in order for social and distancing measures to be observed.

He then went on to explain that organisers should also ensure that employees working the event as well as exhibitors are always wearing face masks, and that cleanliness must be maintained during the entirety of the event. 

The home affairs minister called on organisers as well as exhibitors to give their cooperation in being compliant to the guidelines provided as violators can be subjected to legal action under the Infectious Diseases Act (Section 204).

File photo of a security guard performing temperature checks being to everyone entering The Mall, Gadong. Image: The Bruneian

Visitors were also prompted to follow the guidelines, with YB Pehin Dato Hj Abu Bakar reminding the public that only those with green and yellow codes are allowed into the venues.

Those who are unwell on the other hand are subsequently advised to forego such events until they are fully healed.

Organisers who wish to set up a trade fair or bazaar may do so by submitting an application to the Ministry of Home Affairs through the Onebiz system.

Any questions can be directed towards the ministry via the number 2223225 ext 331 or through Darussalam 123.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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