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Fewer fines an ‘encouraging sign’ that more complying with circuit breaker measures: Masagos

SINGAPORE — Fewer fines are being meted out to people for breaching safe distancing measures or not wearing masks, an “encouraging” sign that compliance with circuit breaker measures is on the rise, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli on Saturday (April 25).

Fewer fines an ‘encouraging sign’ that more complying with circuit breaker measures: Masagos

A customer at the Geylang Serai wet market — who was not allowed to enter — is stopped by police officers from buying groceries through the barriers on April 24, 2020.

SINGAPORE — Fewer fines are being meted out to people for breaching safe distancing measures or not wearing masks, an “encouraging” sign that compliance with circuit breaker measures is on the rise, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli on Saturday (April 25).

In a Facebook post, Mr Masagos said that enforcement officers on Saturday caught about 60 people for breaching safe distancing measures, and fewer than 20 people for not wearing masks.

A similar number of offenders were also caught on Friday.

Over Wednesday and Thursday, the number of people fined for flouting safe-distancing measures ranged from 150 to 170 per day, while between 30 and 50 people a day were fined for not wearing masks.

This drop in numbers means “more people are complying with the circuit breaker measures”, he wrote on Saturday.

“These are encouraging signs, and I urge everyone to press on, and encourage your family and friends to adhere to the safe distancing measures. Staying home is the best way to keep you and your family safe.”

Saturday was also the second day that restricted access was enforced at four popular markets here.

The four are — Geylang Serai Market, Chong Pang Market at Block 104 and 105 Yishun Ring Road, as well as the markets at Block 20 and 21 Marsiling Lane and Block 505 Jurong West Street 52.

Customers whose NRIC number or Foreign Identification Number (Fin) ends in an even digit (0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) may visit these markets only on even dates of the month. Those with odd numbers as the last digit (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) may do so on odd dates of the month.

Mr Masagos said he was glad to see that most patrons were aware of and complied with the restrictions, and as a result there were almost no queues at these markets on Saturday.

At Geylang Serai and 505 Jurong West markets, about 7 per cent of patrons holding identification cards with even numbers were not allowed entry, he said.

Over at Marsiling Lane Market and Chong Pang Market, just 3 per cent of customers were turned away, he added.

“I've heard that many actually appreciate this measure. The odd-even system basically helps us to spread out our marketing over the week.”

Mr Masagos added that Singapore might be able to lift some of the circuit breaker measures if people “stay united and collectively bring down the transmission numbers”.

“Our daily choices will determine how long the circuit breaker measures last.”

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