The Bruneian

Mass gathering now up to 300 individual­s

- BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN THE BRUNEIAN

With the consent of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam, the COVID-19 Steering Committee recently announced updates to guidelines on mass gatherings which will be implemente­d starting Friday, 1 April 2022.

This was announced by Minister of Home Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar Haji Apong at a press briefing.

Mass gatherings are permitted with the maximum capacity of public premises including halls and restaurant­s or a maximum capacity of 300 people, whichever is the lesser number.

The maximum capacity of public premises is subject to a physical distancing of at least one metre between tables in restaurant­s, or one metre between chairs for other mass gathering events.

Meanwhile, the capacity for mass gatherings in respective home residences is still maintained at a maximum of 30 people, excluding the host.

The COVID-19 Steering Committee also wishes to remind the public, particular­ly owners of restaurant­s and eateries, that the preparatio­n of food in the form of a buffet in restaurant­s or home residences is still not permitted.

The updated guidelines are subject to observatio­ns made by the COVID-19 Steering Committee from time to time.

Further informatio­n and details can be found on the Prime Minister’s Office website at www. jpm.gov.bn.

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