Singapore introduces “odd / even” entry at four popular markets

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SINGAPORE, April 24  —  As part of the city-state’s push to take more steps to further reduce transmission of COVID-19, Singapore introduced a targeted measure to improve crowd management at four ‘hotspot’ markets from April 22.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) on its website said under the system, patrons’ access to these four markets is restricted based on the last digit of their National Registration Identification Card (NRIC) or Foreign Identification Number (FIN).

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Those with an even last digit (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) can only visit these markets on the even dates of the month, while those with an odd last digit (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) only on the odd dates of the month, it said.

The four popular markets are Geylang Serai Market, Chong Pang Market, Block 20/21 Marsiling Lane, and Block 505 Jurong West Street 52.

The NEA said since the implementation of the new restriction at the four markets, visibly shorter queues have been observed outside the markets.

Singapore’s one-month circuit breaker to curb COVID-19 transmisison, which kicked in on April 7, has been extended to June 1.  – BERNAMA

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