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Chinese families in Singapore set for another quiet CNY, as Covid-19 restrictions remain

Mr Alan Tan would single-handedly whip up eight dishes for his family's Chinese New Year reunion dinner.

Mr Alan Tan would single-handedly whip up eight dishes for his family's Chinese New Year reunion dinner.

SINGAPORE — Chinese New Year used to be a grand affair for the Tans.  

A week before Chinese New Year, the family of 11, consisting of Mr Alan Tan, his mother, his siblings and their children, would start shopping for ingredients in preparation for their reunion dinner.

The Tans have kept this tradition of shopping and eating together for half a decade, till the Covid-19 restrictions kicked in last year and the family had to cease their annual shopping trips. 

They also had to do a “decentralised” gathering, where relatives would visit on different days, to keep within the cap on daily visitors per household. 

Families like Mr Tan's are having to work out different ways to celebrate Chinese New Year, with each household being able to welcome only five guests a day to their homes, down from the eight-person limit during CNY last year. 

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