S'pore cancels all Ramadan and Hari Raya bazaars

SINGAPORE: The popular and iconic Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar, which the People’s Association (PA) organises, will not be returning this year, in the light of the coronavirus situation and the need to practise social distancing in public venues.

A PA spokesman said yesterday that it was also cancelling the other Hari Raya festive bazaars it usually organises.

“For the wellbeing and safety of our residents, the PA will not be organising festive bazaars and trade fairs with effect from March 18. This includes the annual Hari Raya Bazaars organised at Wisma Geylang Serai as well as at Our Tampines Hub and in Woodlands,” said the spokesman.

“As the festive bazaars contribute to the festive mood, we understand that some residents may be disappointed. However, as our bazaars attract large crowds, we have taken the difficult decision not to proceed with these activities.”

The month-long festive bazaars held during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan across the island attract large crowds.

The bazaars are known for the wide variety of food sold, festive clothes and household decorations.

In response to the growing number of Covid-19 cases here, and to prevent community spread, the government on March 13 had announced that all ticketed cultural, sports and entertainment events with 250 participants or more were to be deferred or cancelled.

It also issued an advisory on social distancing in public venues and to defer or cancel all non-essential events and gatherings.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the PA had opened a new tender for this year’s Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar at the Wisma Geylang Serai social and cultural heritage hub.

This tender, which closed on Monday, attracted bids by Adex Group and separately, Corpbiz Events. PA had opened a tender earlier but this was closed on Jan 17 without the tender being awarded. — The Straits Times/ANN
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