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20 large groups breached safe distancing measures in Singapore’s parks last weekend

The parks include East Coast Park, Changi Beach, Fort Canning Park, Kallang Riverside Park and Esplanade Park.

Phoon Jia Hui

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Published: 25 January 2021, 11:24 AM

As many as 20 large groups were found to have breached safe distancing measures at parks around Singapore last weekend, said Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu in a Facebook post on Saturday (Jan 23).   

They include East Coast Park, Changi Beach, Fort Canning Park, Kallang Riverside Park and Esplanade Park. 

Miss Fu added that the National Parks Board (NParks) will be taking action against these groups, which includes issuing them fines.

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Ahead of the Chinese New Year period, Miss Fu also urged the public to exercise caution and practise safe distancing while out and about.

She also reminded the public not to be complacent as new COVID-19 clusters could form quickly if that happens. 

“As we approach the Chinese New Year period, let’s remain socially responsible by gathering only in groups of up to eight and not intermingling with other groups,” she said. 

“We should also maintain a one metre distance between groups, and keep our masks on unless exercising, eating or drinking. These are simple but critical steps to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from COVID-19.” 

Members of the public can use online tools such as NParks’ real-time map to check on crowd sizes at public spaces before heading out, Miss Fu advised. 

“To safeguard the health of Singaporeans, agencies will enhance enforcement at F&B establishments, malls and other public spaces during this period, and will take firm action against operators and individuals who breach the safe distancing measures,” she warned.


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