40 fines issued for safe distancing offences in Singapore

SINGAPORE (CNA) – A total of 40 fines and more than 3,100 “stern warnings” have been issued in Singapore for not complying with safe distancing measures.

All 40 fines and 2,900 of the warnings were issued on Friday alone, the Singaporean Ministry of Environment and Water Resources said in a media release.

One person illegally hawking face masks at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 was fined SGD1,000 and ordered to stop operations immediately.

The police also had to be called in for more than 20 cases where members of the public refused to cooperate when asked to leave.

A separate enforcement ope-ration by the police found that a beauty salon along Upper Cross Street had provided massage services without a licence during the COVID-19 “circuit breaker” period. Police investigations are ongoing, said the ministry.

The start of the long weekend saw a rise in the number of people going out to public spaces such as neighbourhood centres, markets, hawker centres and parks, the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources said.

More than 2,800 enforcement officers and ambassadors were deployed on Friday, the ministry said, adding that National Parks Board (NParks) employees were “out in force” to enforce safe distancing measures at parks, gardens and nature reserves.

Across NParks-managed gar-dens, parks and nature reserves, more than 720 playgrounds and fitness areas, 12 dog runs and eight fishing spots have been closed off to prevent gathering in groups.

To ensure safe distancing during peak hours, NParks also temporarily closed access bridges at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.

The Henderson Waves and MacRitchie TreeTop Walk were also temporarily closed while the Park Connector in Jurong Lake Gardens was temporarily diverted.