Singapore has announced stiff fines and jail for those who do not observe social distancing measures put in place to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Everyone should keep their distance at least one meter. Unless you pay the fine or go to the jail, keep a 1-meter physical distance.
According to the rules, such interactions include people on seats not fixed to the floor, who intentionally sit less than one meter in a public place, will be prosecuted. In addition, when people standing in a queue in public places, then they queue less than one meter, it will also be prosecuted.
Physical distancing of at least one meter is a must in public settings such as restaurants and queues.
For those who disobey the rule, everyone should pay the fine up to 10,000 Singapore dollars ($6,985).
According to reuters.com, earlier this week, on Tuesday, Singapore announced stricter measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus. These include limiting gatherings outside of work and school to a maximum of 10 persons.
Until April 30, bars, clubs, cinemas and other entertainment outlets will also shut. Malls and restaurants have been ordered to reduce crowds if they were to stay open. Religious services are suspended.
The number of cases in the city-state started climbing last week compared to February and early March. Singapore had 683 cases as of Thursday.
On the other hand, schools, offices, and shops staying open and has not imposed a full shutdown.
On Thursday, Singapore said it was setting aside another 48 billion Singapore dollars ($33.64 billion) to support its businesses and households after official preliminary estimates showed the Southeast Asian economy shrinking by more than expected in the first quarter of this year.