Source: Asia Pacific Region 2 – Singapore
Seat and table markings revised at hawker centres to accommodate groups of eight; more markets to have access control and interim fencing removed
Singapore, 28 December 2020 – In line with Phase 3 of Re-opening commencing on 28 December 2020, the National Environment Agency (NEA), NEA-appointed operators and Town Councils have revised markings on seats and tables at the dining areas of hawker centres to accommodate the increase in group size of up to eight persons. Access control and interim fencing at more markets will also be removed in Phase 3.
Accommodating large groups at hawker centres in Phase 3
2 Since the start of the COVID-19 situation, NEA, NEA-appointed operators and Town Councils have been working together to mark out seats, and in some cases, tables at the dining areas of the hawker centres in accordance to prevailing safe distancing guidelines. With Phase 3, markings on seats and tables at the dining areas of hawker centres have been simplified, and revised to accommodate the increase in dining group size from five to eight persons. In general, tables with eight seats or less will no longer have any seat markings.
3 However, tables with more than eight seats will still have some seats marked out, to ensure that dining groups remain eight or below, and there is a one-metre safe distance between dining groups. In addition, where seats at adjacent tables (e.g. back-to-back) are less than one metre apart, some seats may also be marked out to maintain a safe distance between dining groups at different tables. Safe Distancing Ambassadors will continue to be deployed at hawker centres to ensure compliance with safe management measures.
4 Besides keeping to safe management measures, patrons should also continue to bin their litter, such as used disposables, tissues and wet wipes, and return crockery and trays to designated collection points. This will help to keep the dining environment at our hawker centres clean, and reduce the risk of disease transmission to other patrons, cleaners and hawkers.
Safe management measures at markets in Phase 3
5 There are currently 81 markets managed by NEA and NEA-appointed operators. Implementation of access control with interim fencing started from April 2020 at 40 crowded markets, where patrons are not allowed to enter once the number of patrons in each market reaches the stipulated allowable capacity. This arrangement facilitates effective safe distancing within the markets, to safeguard everyone’s health and safety.
6 Since then, NEA has been closely monitoring the queue situation and progressively removed interim fencing at a total of 20 markets in two separate reviews in June and November 2020 (ANNEX A). From next Monday 4 January 2021, access control and interim fencing at seven more markets will be removed. While occasional queues have been observed at these markets, they have been relatively short and manageable. The seven markets are listed in ANNEX B.
7 13 markets will continue to have access control and interim fencing in place (ANNEX C). We still observe relatively long queues at these markets, and will continue to monitor the situation on the ground. NEA seeks the understanding of members of the public and stallholders that a calibrated approach is necessary to strike a balance between resuming activities in the markets, and safeguarding the safety and well-being of all patrons and stallholders.
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Markets with access control and interim fencing removed in June 2020
- Beo Crescent Market
- Bukit Timah Market
- Taman Jurong Market
- Tanglin Halt Market
- North Bridge Road Market
- Kallang Estate Market
- Block 160/162 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4
- Block 13 Haig Road
- Block 49 Sims Place
- Block 347 Jurong East Avenue 1
Markets with access control and interim fencing removed in November 2020
- Block 115 Bukit Merah View
- Block 137 Tampines Street 11
- Block 16 Bedok South Road
- Block 20 Ghim Moh Road
- Block 29 Bendemeer Road
- Block 50A Marine Terrace
- Block 726 Clementi West Street 2
- Block 79 Redhill Lane
- Block 85 Bedok North Street 4
- Tiong Bahru Market
Markets with access control and interim fencing to be removed from January 2021
- Block 221A/B Boon Lay Place
- Block 448 Clementi Avenue 3
- Block 628 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4
- Block 58 New Upper Changi Road
- Block 4A Eunos Crescent
- Block 216 Bedok North Street 1
- Block 630 Bedok Reservoir Road
Markets with access control and interim fencing in place
- Block 105 Hougang Avenue 1
- Block 209 Hougang Street 21
- Block 335 Smith Street
- Block 341 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1
- Block 409 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10
- Block 453A Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10
- Block 527 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10
- Block 665 Buffalo Road
- Block 254 Jurong East Street 24
- Geylang Serai Market
- Block 104/105 Yishun Ring Road (Chong Pang Market)
- Block 20/21 Marsiling Lane
- Block 505 Jurong West Street 52