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S$300 fine for those found breaching safe-distancing measures a second time: Masagos

SINGAPORE — Enforcement has been stepped up and anyone found in breach of safe-distancing measures will have their particulars immediately taken down and receive a "stern written warning" the first time. Errant individuals face a S$300 fine on their second offence, said Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli on Thursday (April 9), the third day of the “circuit breaker” period.

S$300 fine for those found breaching safe-distancing measures a second time: Masagos

Enforcement officers taking down the particulars of anyone found to be in breach of these measures on the first offence, and there will be a S$300 fine on the second offence.

SINGAPORE — Enforcement has been stepped up and anyone found in breach of safe-distancing measures will have their particulars immediately taken down and receive a "stern written warning" the first time. Errant individuals face a S$300 fine on their second offence, said Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli on Thursday (April 9), the third day of the “circuit breaker” period.  

For a third offence, the individuals will be charged in court, added Mr Masagos who spelt out these punishments on a Facebook post.

“There are still many people who are not taking the Covid-19 situation seriously,” he said.

“Some are even uncooperative, insisting on dining in at eating places, not maintaining a safe distance when queueing in markets and gathering in parks to eat or exercise together.” 

This follows a similar post from Mr Masagos on Wednesday where he lamented that Singaporeans were still not observing safe-distancing measures. 

An NEA officer reminds an elderly man of the 'circuit breaker' measures at Clementi 448 Market and Food Centre on Tuesday (April 7, 2020). Photo: Yong Jun Yuan/TODAY

A total of 10,000 advisories were given out on the first two days of the “circuit breaker” period where residents are not allowed to leave their homes unless for essential work or to make essential purchases. 

The Government is instituting these measures till May 4 but may review the measures and extend the period if necessary. 

“We need everyone’s cooperation for these circuit breaker measures to be effective,” Mr Masagos added in the post. 

“Remind your family members, especially the elderly, to stay at home. They are the most vulnerable, and we need to protect them. Remind also the young, who are out of school during this period, to meet their friends online, and not gather in person. Young or old — none of us are immune.”

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