The government has extended “Operasi Pulih” movement restrictions for another two weeks, starting Monday, 18 October until Sunday, 31 October.
This extension of the directive is in consideration of the sultanate’s current COVID-19 situation whereby daily positive cases still not showing any signs of decline.
The compound fine against anyone found violating the directive to stay home between 8pm and 4am has been increased to $500 for each offence, commencing today, 13 October 2021.
Moreover, the compound will also be imposed on companies whose workers are found to leave their respective houses during the “Operasi Pulih” without a valid authorisation letter.
“Names of any individuals found to have disobeyed or been in violation of the rules under the restriction and who have been fined, will be publicised through the mass media, whether they are individuals, companies or workers,” said Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy at the press briefing recently.
For the past week, over 300 compounds have been issued nationwide by the Royal Brunei Police Force under the Infectious Diseases Act Chapter 204.
Additionally, to help with the operations, the public is also encouraged to contact the National Coordinating Centre for COVID-19 to report any incidents that violate the regulations or Standard Operating Procedures.
The government will also be issuing pamphlets in various languages to be distributed to all communities in the country to facilitate employers in providing a detailed explanation to their staff.
Penghulus and Village Heads also have a major role in making sure that their village residents do not violate the restrictions and abide by the instructions.
For any incidents of violating the regulations, members of the public can contact the 24-hour hotline numbers for the National Coordinating Centre for COVID-19 at 8176148, 8175148, 8166148 and 8155148.
This article was first published on 16 October 2021 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 163
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