Telok Blangah Drive Food Centre closed for disinfection after hawker contracts COVID-19

The food centre will be closed from Jun 16 to Jun 18.

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Published: 16 June 2021, 12:27 PM

Telok Blangah Drive Food Centre will be closed for three days from Jun 16 to Jun 18 for deep cleaning after a hawker tested positive for COVID-19. 

The 42-year-old hawker is a family member of a COVID-19 case from the Bukit Merah View market cluster. He was quarantined on Jun 13. 

West Coast GRC MP Rachel Ong announced the food centre’s closure via a Facebook post on Tuesday, Jun 15. In her post, she said that the centre will undergo deep cleaning and disinfection.

Closure of Blk 79 Telok Blangah Drive Food Centre for Deep Cleaning and Disinfection from 16th to 18th June 2021. Dear...

Posted by Rachel Ong 王心妍 on Tuesday, 15 June 2021

She added that the National Environment Agency has been working together with the Telok Blangah Shopkeepers & Stallholders Association to assist them with any concerns or enquiries that they may have. 

Notices to inform residents about the situation have been put up at the food centre and neighbouring blocks by the town council. 

She added: “The safety of our residents and stallholders are our topmost priority and we will continue to work to ensure that the necessary precautions are in place… We encourage all residents and friends to monitor your health closely and to see a doctor promptly if you feel unwell.”

There were also nine new cases linked to the Bukit Merah View market cluster including the hawker from Telok Blangah Drive Food Centre, bringing the total number of cases in the cluster to 25.

The market, which was intended to be re-opened on Wednesday, Jun 16, will now be shut for an additional two weeks, till Jun 26. 

Among the nine new cases, those affected were a preschool teacher at KidsCampus (Chai Chee), a sales executive at Halnaz Frozen Goods, a supervisor at Keong Hong Construction, a cleaner employed by SATS Facility Management and two retirees.

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