Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) has introduced an additional measure to restrict access to four popular markets, i.e. Geylang Serai Market, Block 104/105 Yishun Ring Road (Chong Pang Market), Block 20/21 Marsiling Lane, and Block 505 Jurong West Street 52, in light of the Circuit Breaker extension announced on 21 April 2020.
From 22 April 2020, patrons’ access to these four markets will be restricted based on the last digit of their National Registration Identification Card (NRIC) or Foreign Identification Number (FIN). Those with an even last digit can only visit these markets on the even dates of the month, and those with an odd last digit can only visit these markets on the odd dates of the month.
This comes on top of the enhanced safe distancing measures for crowd management, such as controlled entry and exit points as well as deployment of enforcement officers, since 7 April 2020.
Additionally, patrons are urged to to make further adjustments to their marketing hours by patronising markets during weekdays, or at the non-peak period on weekends, such as after 10:00am where fresh produce is still available.
To help patrons plan for their marketing visits, NEA has also published the peak hours and queue situation at 39 popular markets, and provided patrons with a list of alternative markets that are located close to some of the most popular markets.
“Weekday market crowd is lower than the weekend. The crowd at markets after 10:00am is also about 50 per cent less than the earlier peak hours, and fresh produce continues to be available in markets till about noon,” NEA advised.
Additionally, as advised by National Parks Board (NPB), food & beverage outlets and convenience stores in gardens, parks and nature reserves will be closed from 21 April 2359hrs. All car parks in gardens, parks and nature reserves will also be closed during this period.