Singapore: Chinatown to restrict access, no light-up this weekend and on CNY Eve

The Singapore authorities may also restrict access to popular areas in Chinatown such as Pagoda Street. - The Straits Times/ANN

SINGAPORE, Feb 5 (The Straits Times/ANN): There will be no Chinatown street light-up this weekend and on the eve of Chinese New Year on Feb 11, as part of measures to control heavier crowds in the area.

The authorities may also restrict access to popular areas in Chinatown such as Pagoda Street and Trengganu Street during peak hours on weekends, said the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) on Friday (Feb 5).

The festive lights along South Bridge Road, New Bridge Road and Eu Tong Sen Street will not be turned on from Friday to Sunday, and on Feb 11, the ministry said.

It also announced a slew of enforcement actions taken against errant food and beverage (F&B) outlets and individuals who breached Covid-19 rules.

In all, 74 people have been fined for flouting the rules at parks and beaches. Two groups, comprising more than 20 people each, are also under investigation for allegedly gathering at East Coast Park and Changi Beach Park on Jan 30.

The MSE has also ordered three F&B outlets - Bumbu in Kandahar Street, Darts Buddy in Beatty Road and Drinks Emporium in Club Street - to close.

Nine other establishments including Chinatown Seafood in Trengganu Street and Bao Ding in Mosque Street, were fined S$1,000 each.

The new crowd control measures in Chinatown include closing the up-riding escalator at Chinatown MRT station exit A from time to time, depending on the size of the crowd in Pagoda Street. Passengers will be guided by station staff to use alternative exits.

Chinatown has been more crowded than usual in the run-up to Chinese New Year, with hundreds of shoppers descending on the wet market at Chinatown Complex on Tuesday morning.

Various entrances to the Chinatown Complex wet market have since been fenced up to control access and there were floor markings in the wet market reminding customers to stand 1m apart.

Noting that measures may be put in place to control access to Pagoda Street and Trengganu Street, the MSE advised visitors to cater for additional time to walk and queue in order to enter the busier stretches in those areas.

Other measures may be implemented for crowd management and visitor safety, depending on the situation on the ground, including closing Temple Street to vehicular traffic, the ministry said.

It urged the public to adapt their Chinese New Year celebrations this festive period.

"This will help to protect vulnerable members in our community, such as the elderly. Let us be socially responsible in observing all these measures to prevent a resurgence in community transmission," the ministry said. - The Straits Times/ANN

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