The government has been threatening to tighten restriction measures if Singaporeans do not listen and obey safe distancing measures.
And if you’ve been keeping up with advisories from the government, you’ll notice that their tone has been getting angrier as the days pass by.
On 13 Apr, they decided to reveal it all and, oh boy, what a tale they’ve told.
Gov Shows Examples of How CB Rules Are Broken, Including People Playing Tennis & Eating At Hawker Centres
The Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) revealed in a news release yesterday some of the offences they’ve spotted people doing during the Circuit Breaker (CB) period.
We’ve known since the beginning of 7 Apr that people are no longer allowed to dine-in at F&B places.
While some outlets, like Toast Box, have movable tables so they can easily stack them up, hawker centres and their fixed seats can’t be moved.
And this auntie probably decided that since they’re there, she might as well make use of them.
When a safe distancing ambassador approached her, she was ignored and refused to give her particulars when asked to.
The incident happened at a food centre at Blk 117 Aljunied Ave 2 and the police had to be called in as she was extremely uncooperative.
The ministry added that more than 10 cases required the police to turn up to enforce the rules.
Groups Got Together To Play
Only essential businesses can remain open while non-essential businesses and facilities are shut down during this CB period.
Tanglin Tennis Academy is one of the closed facilities but that doesn’t stop this group from having fun at the tennis court.
They’re not the only ones either as enforcement officers actually caught another group playing baseball at a field that was supposed to be closed off at Tanglin Rugby Club.
And one more group at Tanjong Rhu open field.
The offenders were all given compositional fines of $300.
We will Continue Our Enforcement Efforts
The authorities said that they have, and will continue to, deploy 2,900 enforcement officers around the island to catch rulebreakers.
Anyone who continues to loiter around, uses playfields or facilities that are closed off, or break any of the safe distancing measures, will be firmly penalised.
On Sunday (12 Apr 2020) alone, more than 200 composition fines have been handed out.
To help the people of Singapore remember what to do and what not to do, they’ve come up with a cute little acronym to help you remember:
- Stay home. Stay safe.
- Avoid gathering with others not from your household, either at home or outside
- First offence: $300. Repeat offenders: Higher fines, or prosecution in court for egregious cases
- Elderly to stay home — they are most vulnerable to COVID-19
- Don’t forget to wear a mask when going out, especially to markets and on public transport
- Instead of peak hours, visit markets at non-peak hours on weekends or weekdays
- Social contact should be limited to household members
- Takeout or get your food delivered – no dining-in is allowed at eating places
- All group recreational activities are not allowed in public spaces. Individuals and members of the same household are allowed to exercise by walking, jogging and cycling.
- No loitering at public spaces. Do not enter closed-off public spaces.
- Cleanliness and public hygiene are our first line of defence. Wash your hands with soap.
- Exercise social responsibility.
If you’re approached by an Enforcement Officer (EO) and asked to pay cash on the spot, don’t give it to him or her.
The ministry assures that EOs will not ask for payment of the fine on the spot. Instead, they’ll hand out a hardcopy of the notice or send it to your mailbox.
In addition, EOs are dressed in corporate wear and has a lanyard showing which agency they’re from.
They are also the only ones who can issue a compositional fine to people who are caught breaking the rules.
You can visit MEWR’s website to find out exactly what you can, and you cannot, do during the CB period.
Don’t be a CB during this CB period, please.