Covid-19: S'pore Land Authority closes all playfields because people won't stop congregating for fun

No more hanging out.

Belmont Lay | April 12, 2020, 11:00 PM

Thanks to many people in Singapore who still act as if Covid-19 doesn't exist, the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has closed all playfields under its management on Sunday, April 12.

This was following reports of crowds gathering on these fields.

Playfields closed include those at Tanjong Rhu, Jalan Tembusu, Loyang Avenue, Parry Avenue, Woodleigh Park and Strathmore Road.

The closures are to facilitate enhanced safe distancing measures during this circuit breaker period.

Mountbatten SMC MP Lim Biow Chuan posted on Facebook about groups of people gathering and socialising close to one another on a field next to Pebble Bay condominium in Tanjong Rhu.

The SLA had closed that field upon receiving the feedback.

Liow said in his post:

Sadly, there were many people who have been congregating around the open field next to Pebble Bay. There is no social distancing among many of the groups. The risk is that among the many groups, if one person has Covid-19, it may spread to the others quickly. You may be bringing the virus home to your loved ones and for some, to their vulnerable seniors. SLA has decided to close the field. Please stop the congregating so that all of us can remain safe. If the virus transmission does not stop because of one irresponsible person, the rest of us suffer. Please stay safe and remain at home.

According to eyewitness reports independently verified by Mothership, many officers in black were seen monitoring activity at the field and appeared to have been advising or cautioning people to stay away.