Media Conference on the Latest COVID-19 Situation
Brunei Darussalam continues to record no new COVID-19 cases. Therefore, total cases remain at 142. This was stated by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Awang Haji Md Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health at a media conference on the latest COVID-19 situation yesterday afternoon. Joining the media conference were Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs; Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib Bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof, Minister of Transport and Infocommunications; and Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan Bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.
Additional Reduction of Social Distancing Measures starts on 17 August 2020
By the consent of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, by taking into account the COVID-19 situation in the country that is under control, the Minister of Health announced on additional reduction of social distancing measures starting on Monday, the 17th of August 2020.
Reduction of Charge for RT-PCR COVID-19 Swab Test
In the same media statement, the Minister of Health also informs that by the consent of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, the charge for the RT-PCR COVID-19 swab test imposed on foreigners given special approval to enter the country, has been reduced from $1,000 to $350 starting on Friday, 14th of August 2020.
Food Premises remain at Phase 4
Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong, Minister of Home Affairs informed that dine-in services at food premises remain at Phase 4, however, buffet services will be allowed starting the 17th of August 2020.
Allowed Number of People entering Cinemas Increased
In the media conference, the Minister of Home Affairs explained that the number of people allowed into cinemas has been increased.
Public Transportation Operators Allowed to Operate at 100% Seating Capacity
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof, Minister of Transport and Infocommunications in the media conference informed that guidelines for the use of public transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic has been updated which will come into force on Monday, 17th August 2020. Under the updated guidelines, public transportation operators are allowed to operate at 100 percent seating capacity compared to the 50 percent previously.
De-Escalation Plan for Driving Schools Nationwide
The Minister of Transport and Infocommunications also explained that de-escalation plan for driving schools nationwide is in the fourth phase.
De-Escalation Plan for Internet Cafe
The Minister of Transport and Infocommunications also informed that the de-escalation plan for internet cafes is still maintained at the third phase. The ministry also made improvement on the guideline for the re-opening of internet cafe that was published on the 1st of August 2020.
Changes in De-Escalation Plan Implementation for Gyms and Fitness Centres
The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports explained that there are no changes to the fourth phase of the de-escalation plan for gyms and fitness centres, indoor and outdoor sports facilities as well as golf courses, except the guideline updates for team sports, which is an increase from 10 to 15 people in a group to undergo training programmes only. Meanwhile, other guidelines are the same as before. Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan Bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin also shared that organised and competition sports are still NOT allowed. Based on statistics since the 16th of May 2020, 289,096 visitors have used sports centres nationwide. For swimming pools, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports explained that the de-escalation plan has been moved from Phase Two to Phase Three. All the changes including implementation will start on Monday, 17th of August 2020.
De-Escalation for Senior Citizen Activity Centre increased to Level 3
For the Senior Citizen Activity Centre PKWE, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports explained that the de-escalation for the facility has been increased to Level 3.