The Infectious Diseases Act has once again been updated to help curb the spread of Covid-19.
From today (27 Mar), it is now an offence to intentionally sit or queue less than 1 metre away from another person. It is also an offence to occupy seats that have been marked out as ‘not for sitting’.
Failure to comply might see one being fined up to $10,000, jailed up to 6 months, or both, according to The Straits Times.
A previous update announced involved similar fines and jail terms for patients who leave their homes during the 5-day sick leave period.
S’pore Patients On 5-Day Sick Leave Must Stay Home, Or Risk Getting Jailed & Fined
Non-essential activities which require people to be in close proximity over a long period of time have also been suspended.
Unofficial gatherings are now limited to 10 people or less.
While these measures undoubtedly need some time getting used to, it is a necessary evil to curb the spread of Covid-19.
By enforcing fines and jail terms, it is obvious that the government is not taking the pandemic lightly.
Let’s all do our part to keep ourselves and people around us safe by being socially responsible. Practise safe distancing today.
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