SINGAPORE: Government agencies will step up enforcement at hotspots during Chinese New Year period, the Ministry for Sustainability and Environment (MSE) announced on Friday (January 28).
Additional crowd management measures will also be implemented in popular areas such as Chinatown.
In anticipation of an increase in visitor traffic to the market and hawker center in the Chinatown complex, access control with intermediate fences will be established in this area.
Patrons will be denied entry once the number of people reaches the designated allowable capacity of 300 people.
“Regulating the flow of customers takes into account local crowding that may occur within the market,” MSE said.
“Elderly people, particularly the unvaccinated, should refrain from visiting markets during this time and ask family members or younger friends to help buy essential items and pack meals.”
The National Environment Agency (NEA) and Jalan Besar City Council have also increased the number of safe distancing staff deployed, with guests reminded to wear their masks properly and maintain a safe distance from others.
To manage the crowds along Temple Street, the road will be closed to vehicular traffic from 12pm on January 31st until 2am on February 1st.
The public is urged to plan visits to Chinatown and other popular areas in advance, and to visit off-peak hours.
“With the rise Omicron variant infections in Singapore we are striving for everyone’s cooperation to continue to exercise personal responsibility and strictly comply (safe management measures). This will help protect themselves and the community,” MSE said.