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Discarded Ingredients, Heartache, Confusion - Hong Lim Hawkers Scramble Amid Food Centre’s Sudden Closure

“I had to throw away [$300] of chicken, beef & salmon,” says a hawker affected by Hong Lim Food Centre’s two-week closure after a new cluster emerged there.

Discarded Ingredients, Heartache, Confusion - Hong Lim Hawkers Scramble Amid Food Centre’s Sudden Closure

Shortly after the news of dine-in restrictions reverting to two pax once again at hawker centres, kopitiams and food courts regardless of vaccination status thanks to the ongoing KTV cluster, we’re faced with the closure of yet another food centre that has seen a new outbreak of Covid-19 cases. Hong Lim Market & Food Centre will be closed from July 17 to 31 to break the chain of transmission and for deep-cleaning. The hawker centre (which has roughly over 200 stalls including those from the wet market), along with Jurong Fishery Port, are part of a cluster involving seven infected people thus far. 8days.sg reached out to a few affected hawkers who were caught off-guard by the announcement, which came “late last night (July 16).”

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