Coronavirus: New seating arrangements for dine-in at hawker centres
They will now be aligned with new safe distancing measures during phase two
Seating arrangements at hawker centres will be changed to accommodate the new safe distancing measures for dine-in during phase two, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) yesterday.
The Government announced on Monday that dine-in at food and beverage outlets, including at hawker centres, will be allowed from Friday, subject to safe distancing principles during this new phase.
To align with phase two guidelines, NEA, its appointed operators and the town councils will be marking out seats and tables for dining groups of different sizes, of between one and five people.
This is to comply with the provision that social gatherings of up to five people will be allowed.
Patrons should continue to sit only at unmarked seats and tables when dining at hawker centres.
Some tables and seats may also be marked out to facilitate safe distancing of at least 1m between dining groups.
NEA said in a statement: "As compared to the pre-circuit breaker period, overall seating capacity at our hawker centres will generally be higher under phase two, even with some seats and tables marked out.
"Similar to the current practice, individuals should still maintain safe distancing of at least 1m at all times when queueing to make cooked food purchases or while waiting for their orders."
The agency, together with appointed operators, manage 114 hawker centres.
NEA will also be installing automated hand sanitiser dispensers at all its hawker centres and markets.
NEA said enhanced cleaning measures will continue into phase two as well.
These include increasing the cleaning frequency of toilets and often touched areas such as table tops, seats, lifts and hand rails, as well as having cleaners wear gloves when clearing tables and handling used crockery and utensils.
There should also be adequate supply of toilet paper and soap in toilets.
Other safe management protocols at markets will also continue, such as the measures at Geylang Serai Market, Block 104/105 Yishun Ring Road (Chong Pang Market), Block 20/21 Marsiling Lane, and Block 505 Jurong West Street 52 to restrict entry based on the last digit of a person's NRIC or foreign identification number.
Patrons of all 83 markets managed by NEA and NEA- appointed operators should also continue to stand within the boxes marked on the floor, to minimise crowding and maintain safe distancing when at the market stalls, the agency said.
It added that people should wear their masks at hawker centres, apart from when they are eating or drinking.
They should also check in and out using the Safe Entry QR codes placed at each centre.