Over the past few days, Singapore has been tightening its circuit breaker measures to encourage more people to #stayhomeforSG. From Apr 12, members of the public who breach safe-distancing measures will be fined $300 for their first offence.
Unfortunately, there are stubborn Singaporeans that do not seem to take these new measures seriously despite stiffer penalties. Some were still caught hanging out in groups and sitting on marked seats.
Following our last feature on Covidiots, we have more examples of what NOT to do during this crucial period.
1. Couple caught on a date
A couple was approached by police officers after they were caught hanging out at a public bench with marked seats.
One netizen even quipped that it must have been “the most expensive date for the guy”.
We get it. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and love makes us do foolish things, but we think it’s not worth getting fined for a date at – of all places – a marked bench in public.
You’re better off saving your hard-earned money to win over your partners once the COVID-19 situation eases.
2. Singaporeans hanging out publicly in groups
We all know by now that private social gatherings of any size, in homes or public spaces, are not allowed. This obviously means that you cannot meet your friends in person during the circuit breaker period.
We’d usually applaud Singaporeans for their creativity, but not this time.
Sure, I miss my friends and I might have even forgotten how they look like at this point.
But I’d like to believe that us millennials or Gen Z-ers know how to keep in touch with our friends with tech-savvy options like Zoom or Houseparty.
3. People playing at an open field
During the circuit breaker, you can still exercise – but only if you are alone and you are working out with others living in the same household.
In any case, we’re pretty sure this group playing volleyball at the field does not meet any of the abovementioned requirements.
Judging by the nonchalant lady practising her skills at the side with the police officer standing by, this is how Singapore got into the current circuit breaker situation.
4. Another Covidiot who does not know how to use the lift
Last month, Singaporeans gasped collectively when a photo of lift buttons covered in spit was uploaded online.
This month, we have another contender for “Covidiots who don’t know how these lift buttons work”.
A man posted on his Instagram Stories about his not-so-clever attempt at minimising contact with public spaces by using his slipper to press the lift buttons, causing many netizens to rage.
These circuit breaker measures might have taken a toll on our social lives and daily routines, but let’s support each other virtually during this period. Surely, there will be better days ahead, as long as we all work together to abide by these measures.
Most importantly, don’t try any of these unless you want to be featured in our next Covidiot article.
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