Singapore tightens safety measures amid spike in Covid-19 cases

Capacity at attractions, malls and large standalone stores will be reduced for up to two weeks this month as Singapore tackles a growing number of Covid-19 infections in the community.

The Ministry of Health announced on April 30, ahead of the long Labour Day weekend, that the additional safety measures would reduce activity levels and attempt to slow down transmission of the virus within the community.

Lucky Plaza shopping centre will reinstate entry restrictions from May 1 to 14.

According to the latest set of movement restrictions, all approved attractions will operate at half their operating capacity between May 7 and 14, a reduction from the previous 65 per cent capacity.

From May 1 to 14, malls and large standalone stores will be allowed to take in one person per 10m2 of gross floor area, down from one person per 8m2 of gross floor area.

In particular, popular shopping complexes Lucky Plaza on Orchard Road and Peninsula Plaza on North Bridge Road will reinstate entry restrictions on Sundays. Patrons with National Registration Identification Card or Foreign Identification Number ending in even digits will be allowed to enter the malls on even dates, while those with identity card numbers ending in odd digits can visit only on odd dates.

Outdoor barbecue pits and campsites in both public spaces and private resident estates will be closed.

As of May 3, Singapore has nine open community clusters of Covid-19 infections, the largest being a cluster of 35 cases linked to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. There is also a cluster of nine cases linked to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, where an officer deployed at Changi Airport Terminal 1 was tested positive on April 27 and had infected seven other family members.

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