Thousands of enforcement officers (EO) and safe distancing ambassadors have been deployed to comb the island for people flouting the enhanced circuit breaker regulations. More than 6,200 stern warnings and over 200 fines have been issued since Apr 7, according to the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR). Yes, it’s a massive operation, especially since crowds were still packing certain parts of Singapore, even as we're one week into the circuit breaker period. However, the authorities are now enlisting the help of the public to spot “hotspots” where crowds may be gathering.
Yes, it’s now possible for people to report people or businesses that are flouting the rules of safe distancing on OneService. The government app and portal now has a dedicated function for folks to lodge such reports, with these tip-offs aimed at helping relevant agencies focus enforcement efforts.
Enhanced safe distancing regulations include keeping a distance of 1m or more away from others or leaving the house for non-essential reasons. The latest Covid-19 circuit breaker measures, tightened further over the past few days, will see first-time offenders fined $300 (no more written warnings given, guys) and subsequent offenders may face prosecution.
But before you go on a tip-off spree, there are a few things you should know. And as always, in these trying times, exercise discretion. In other words, don’t anyhow paotoh please.