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188 people caught breaching safe management measures in hawker centres

They were caught between Oct 1 and Oct 3 at various hawker centres, including Newton Food Centre.

Charlotte Chang

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Published: 5 October 2021, 12:44 PM

Between Oct 1 to 3, 188 people have been caught for breaking Safe Management Measures at various hawker centres. 

This was the first weekend after Singapore entered the Stabilisation Phase of its COVID-19 measures, where the limits for dining-in were restricted to a group of two. 

188 individuals were caught breaching Safe Management Measures (SMM) at multiple hawker centres from 1 to 3 Oct 2021....

Posted by National Environment Agency (NEA) on Monday, October 4, 2021

The 188 individuals were caught for gathering in groups of more than two, not maintaining a safe distance of one metre between each other, not wearing masks or having them pulled down when not eating, and consuming alcohol past 10.30 pm. 

This occurred at hawker centres such as Newton Food Centre, Whampoa Food Centre, Haig Road Market and Food Centre, Golden Mile Food Centre, Hong Lim Market and Food Centre, Chinatown Complex Market and Food Centre, and Tekka Centre 

NEA urged all stakeholders to remain vigilant and strictly adhere to the safe management measures for everyone’s safety, even though 98 per cent of stallholders are vaccinated. 

Members of the public, especially senior citizens as they are more vulnerable to health complications, were also strongly encouraged to opt for takeaways instead of dining in or have their household members do so on their behalf to reduce mingling at hawker centres, NEA added. 

“Patrons, stallholders and others who enter the markets and hawker centres are reminded to perform SafeEntry check-in and check-out, even if and when the access points of centres are not manned, wear their masks covering the nose and mouth fully, and practise good personal hygiene,” NEA said. 

The current COVID-19 measures will last till Oct 24. 

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