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Restaurants make moves to prepare for June 21 reopening

After going nearly a month with no dine-in customers, F&B outlets received a reprieve yesterday with the announcement that they will be allowed to resume dining in from June 21, if the virus situation stays under control. Mr…

Neighbour saves unconscious man from fire in Bukit Batok flat

He was playing with his children yesterday morning when the smell of burning filled the air. When he looked out of his Bukit Batok flat and saw smoke emanating from a neighbour’s unit upstairs, Mr Muhammad Nasiruddin, 32,…

After a heightened alert, maybe some respite is on the cards

Singapore recorded two community Covid-19 cases yesterday, the lowest figure since the country moved into phase two (heightened alert) on May 16. It is also the fourth successive day of community cases numbering in the single digits. The…

All staff at Four Leaves’ Ion outlet quarantined after positive case

All staff at the Four Leaves outlet in Ion Orchard have been quarantined, and the outlet has been closed temporarily, after a retail assistant working there was confirmed as a Covid-19 case here on Tues. The AMK Hub…

Retail stores take a beating as footfall slows to a trickle

It has been nearly a month since Singapore entered phase two (heightened alert), with the outdoor group size reduced to two and dining-in prohibited, among other measures. Ms Rose Tong, executive director of SRA, said yesterday that while…

Hair salons hope for earlier vaccination after Atatcutz cluster

Hacos is hoping for earlier vaccination and more regulations for front-line workers in the wellness sector following the recent emergence of a Covid-19 cluster at barber shop Atatcutz Singapore. The cluster was announced on Sat by MOH and…

Bored, restless seniors flout Covid-19 safety rules

He was chatting with three friends at the foot of Blk 68 Geylang Bahru, nonchalant about the tightened measures in place since May 16 that capped social gatherings to two people. A retiree, Mr Anra, 64, said he…

Maximise natural ventilation instead of buying air purifier: NEA

It is not necessary to use air purifiers at home, and people should instead adopt practices like opening doors or windows as much as possible to maximise natural ventilation to reduce the risk of getting exposed to Covid-19,…

MINDSville Covid cluster reminds woman of mum’s Lee Ah Mooi ordeal

When she heard the news yesterday about the Covid-19 cluster at MINDSville@Napiri, a home for intellectually disabled adults in Hougang, it brought back bad memories of the outbreak at Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home in Mar last…

Boosting ventilation a challenge for some small business owners

Fashion retailer Goodluck Bunch is looking to improve ventilation at its store but cracking open the windows to let fresh air in is not the most convenient in the two-storey shophouse in Bali Lane. The windows can be…

Experts say virus unlikely to spread through sewage system

Debunking fears that detection of Covid-19 in wastewater at residential blocks could mean the virus is being spread between blocks through the sewage system, infectious disease experts and PUB said yesterday that it is highly unlikely residents could…

Church to clean, disinfect two premises after pastor tests positive

Grace Assembly of God church is making arrangements for its two premises to be cleaned and disinfected after a pastor tested positive for Covid-19 on Tues. A spokesman said that even though the church has not received a…

This time, delivery riders and drivers have places to eat and rest

During the circuit breaker last year when dining in was not permitted, food delivery rider Raymond Tan had trouble finding suitable places to stop and have his meals while on the job, often ending up eating by the…

Struggling hawkers grateful for business boost through social media

After 25 years as a restaurant cook, Madam Noor Hani Ali, 57, finally opened her own nasi padang stall at Al Nour’s Kitchen in Geylang Serai on May 1. But her business took an unexpected hit when the…

Hawkers who have not gone digital receive Instagram boost

Madam Sun Wee Eng has been trying to register her hawker stall, 335 Hong Kong Roasted Meat, for deliveries on GrabFood, but to no avail. Illiterate in English, the 64-year-old hawker told TNP in Mandarin that her friend…

Deja vu for eateries as times are tough again amid stricter rules

One week into the tightened restrictions that kicked in on May 16 for F&B outlets, it is deja vu for the owners of new eateries Asador Singapore in Joo Chiat Place and Low Tide in Club St. Their…

Jem, Westgate now a Covid-19 cluster with four cases

The adjacent malls of Jem and Westgate in Jurong East were declared the centre of a new community cluster yesterday, with four cases now linked to them. Giving details of these as well as others in the 21…

Family that seeded airport cluster did not arrive on flight from India

The family that is suspected to have seeded the Covid-19 cluster at Changi Airport T3 did not arrive on a flight from India. This is because India has banned all international commercial services to and from Singapore since…

No dining-in, but these two eateries decide to open 24 hours

While a number of F&B establishments experience a slowdown amid the heightened safety restrictions, Lucali BYGB and Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar are cranking things up. With dining in barred and only takeaways and food deliveries allowed until…

Golden Village still hopeful about healthy turnout at cinemas

While there was a decrease in the number of moviegoers at cinemas over the weekend when tighter safety measures kicked in, GV “remains hopeful for a healthy turnout” ahead of the mid-year school holidays. This even after Hollywood…

Singapore can’t afford to slacken in Covid-19 efforts: PM Lee

Singapore cannot afford to slacken in its effort to keep Covid-19 in check as the Sars-CoV-2 virus will rear its head in new and unimaginable ways, said PM Lee. While the country has kept its number of Covid-19…

Possibility of airborne virus transmission being investigated

The authorities are investigating the possibility that Covid-19 could be spread through airborne transmission in some settings, MOH’s director of medical services Kenneth Mak said yesterday. Responding to a question about recent reports of airborne transmission and whether…

Speed at which airport cluster grew is worrying: Prof Teo

In less than two weeks, the Changi Airport cluster has emerged as the country’s largest community cluster to date – second only to the outbreak at the workers’ dormitories last year – with a total of 78 Covid-19…

Lighter traffic, fewer commuters as work from home kicks in

Peak-hour road traffic was lighter, there were fewer commuters on trains, and lunchtime crowds were smaller than usual for a working day at some places on Tues, the second weekday after Singapore’s return to phase two of its…

Man’s death in PMD-linked fire a misadventure: State Coroner

The state coroner yesterday found the death of a 40-year-old private-hire driver, who was possibly the first person to have died in Singapore following a fire linked to a PMD, to be an “unfortunate misadventure”. State Coroner Kamala…

Eateries, diners scramble to alter plans as group sizes set to reduce

With only a few days to go before Mother’s Day on Sun, diners and restaurants are quickly adjusting their plans to adapt to new restrictions. Several restaurant operators told TNP they have been calling customers who have made…

Nursing homes step up measures against Covid-19

Nursing homes have tightened their defences against Covid-19. This follows the rise in the number of community cases, including a resident who tested positive after being discharged from TTSH where a cluster has been detected. It was reported…

27 parks, developments recognised for good design and management

A total of 27 parks and developments in Singapore have been recognised for good landscape design and mgmt under an enhanced certification scheme by NParks. The 2020 Landscape Excellence Assessment Framework certification scheme now puts more emphasis on…

Event organisers adapting to meet new coronavirus safety rules

Media producer, Ms Chong, had been looking forward to going to the Love, MICappella concert on May 16 as it has been a long time since the local a cappella group held a live concert. But the 32-year-old…

Couples scramble to meet tighter safety measures for weddings

For the last two years, Ms Leona Ye has been meticulously planning for her big day on May 29. With the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic looming large, the marketing manager kept her fingers crossed and hopes high,…

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