President: A safe Raya disappointing but necessary

THE tighter Covid-19 safety measures are necessary to save the lives of Singaporeans, said President Halimah Yacob (pic), as she called on everyone here to do his part to overcome the pandemic.

In her Hari Raya Aidilfitri message yesterday, Halimah said it is unfortunate that Muslims will have to again celebrate the festival under the shadow of Covid-19.

“Some of us are understandably disappointed by the recent tightening of safe management measures, as Hari Raya has always been the time for us to enjoy the company of family and friends.

“I, too, was looking forward to hosting my children and their families, ” she said.

“But I hope that we also understand that these measures are necessary to protect all Singaporeans, given the emergence of new virus variants and the increase in local community cases.”

Singapore has tightened its rules on social gatherings since last Saturday as it takes steps to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the community.

Until May 30, people can gather in groups of only up to five, down from eight previously. These restrictions also apply to households, which can receive only five distinct visitors a day.

They also mean that for the second year in a row, Muslims here will have to make adjustments to how they celebrate the holiday. Last year’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri fell on May 25, seven weeks into Singapore’s circuit breaker, and visiting was forbidden.

Halimah wishes all Muslims Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri. — The Straits Times/ANN

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