PSA: Prepare Your Own Clean Container for Takeaway ‘Coz Hawkers Might Charge Higher for Containers

From Tuesday (7 April 2020) onwards, nobody is allowed to eat in at any F&B outlets anymore.

This includes restaurants, hawker centres and food court.

If you cannot work from home and still has to take away from the hawker centre, you might want to consider bringing your own container from home.

Tougher Measures Came As A Surprise To Everyone In S’pore

It’s not just businesses who are stunned like vegetable from the sudden forced closure of their businesses.

F&B business owners are equally surprised by the new rules.

Typically, a stall owner might order a certain amount of containers based on what they estimate their takeaway orders would be like until the next resupply.

But with the new rules, all of their orders became takeaway orders and they might not have enough to spare for you.

That’s what our colleague met with yesterday. Thankfully, the stall managed to borrow a container from another stall or he might have to bring his food back in his hands.

People Are Allegedly Charged Higher Prices For Containers

According to the very friendly folks at the EDMW Hardwarezone forum, my colleague isn’t the only one facing the issue: people are now allegedly paying higher prices for containers.

One netizen was allegedly charged $0.50 per container.

Image: HWZ

Another was allegedly charged $0.80.

Image: HWZ

Others claimed that hawkers are now out to get more money.

Image: HWZ

But whichever it is, it seems like a good idea to start using your own container from now on.

Minister Chan Chun Sing Also Strongly Encourages S’poreans To Bring Their Own Containers

Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing assured Singaporeans on 4 Apr that Singapore has enough supply for everyone.

He asks that Singaporeans don’t rush to supermarkets and panic buy again.

At the same time, he also urged for Singaporeans to bring their own containers to help out our fellow hawkers.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) is also testing how hawker centres and wet markets can be managed better to ensure Singaporeans’ safety during this period.

They are conducting a trial at Serangoon Garden Market and might extend it to other places if feasible.

More Covid-19 Cases Due To Community Spread

Today, there are 120 Covid-19 cases, the highest daily increase since the Covid-19 outbreak began in Singapore.

According to an expert, there’s a reason for it and the trend is expected to continue for the next few weeks.

You can find out more here.

Meanwhile, what we Singaporeans can do is to play our part and adhere to the tougher measures as much as we possibly can.


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You can do your part as a responsible citizen through helping out in contact tracing by downloading the TraceTogether app.

In the meantime, keep yourself updated by bookmarking MOH’s website here and registering for the Gov.sg’s WhatsApp service here.

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