Singapore Police Don’t Check Homes, But Will Take Action Against Safe Distancing Violations

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) are going after those who violate safe distancing measures to stop the spread of Covid-19. However, please note that they only check public spaces and not private residences.

On Tuesday (14 Apr), SPF clarified that they do not go door-to-door to find safe distancing rule breakers.

A circulating text message falsely claimed that the police will implement ‘elevated safe distancing measures’ in residential units.

Here is SPF’s Facebook post in full:

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While SPF does not go door-to-door, they will respond to public calls and reports of safe distancing violators.

Police will respond to calls for assistance

If the police receive public reports about violators at home or discover rule breakers during public incidents, they will take action.

The police shared an incident where they received a call for assistance on Saturday (11 Apr) at Jurong West Avenue 1.

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Upon arrival, SPF discovered that the man who issued the report, along with his wife, didn’t live at the house. Initially, the couple requested police assistance due to a family dispute.

The family living in the residential unit only includes the man’s mother, his uncle and other relatives.

Since the visit wasn’t considered essential, the police issued a warning to the couple for violating the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020.

Police will not check homes randomly

In the above incident, the police did not go to the house just to check if people followed safe distancing measures. Instead, they discovered the violators due to an incident reported by the public.

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The police warn that they will enforce action upon discovering safe distancing violators in similar situations.

Furthermore, they advised the public to avoid sharing false information that may cause public alarm — especially if the source isn’t verified.

Yes, your father’s brother’s colleague’s son is not a verified source, no matter what they might say.

Verify before you share

In the age of social media, it’s easy to receive alarming fake information in our family chats and news feeds.

We urge the public to think before they share. Please verify resources to avoid spreading false information.

Fake news may have dire consequences to people that fall for it. While we want our loved ones to stay informed amid ‘Circuit Breaker’, please be responsible and identify the validity of the report first.

Featured image adapted from Interpol.