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Since Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) started on May 14, 2021 and dining-in is prohibited, hawker centres around Singapore have seen varying crowd levels. Some hawkers suffered anaemic business, while other stalls, mostly run by the less tech-savvy Pioneer Generation, were affected by their inability to pivot to food delivery.

But it’s heartening to know that Singaporeans are still ardent supporters of our local hawker scene. As calls to aid struggling hawkers gain traction online, food centres have started seeing human traffic again.

It is worth bearing in mind that while it’s good to help homegrown eateries through these tough times, it’s also important to maintain proper safe distancing, and not throng hawker centres and create risky crowds. After all, the goal is to stamp out Covid-19 and resume dining-in, yes?

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