Large crowds seen gathering at Paya Lebar, East Coast Park during Hari Raya public holiday

Safe distancing ambassadors were seen in the area to manage the crowd.

Tanya Ong | May 14, 2021, 02:27 PM

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Large groups of people have gathered at several spots in Singapore over the public holiday on Thursday (May 13).

Paya Lebar

A viral TikTok showed crowds of people outside Paya Lebar MRT.

julia_azahra/TikTok

julia_azahra/TikTok

Some photos of the Paya Lebar area, near PLQ and Paya Lebar Square, were also shared to social media. Several Facebook posts also mentioned that they noticed a "crowd" outside the MRT station.

Danny Ou/FB

The crowds at Paya Lebar started from as early as 9am, according to a Lianhe Zaobao report, with many of them being foreign domestic workers from Indonesia.

The Chinese paper also reported that some were observed to be breaking the five-person gathering rule. MRT staff also dispersed some of the crowds gathered at the entrance of the MRT station.

Safe distancing ambassadors were also seen in the area to manage the crowd.

Crowds elsewhere

Lianhe Zaobao said that East Coast Park also saw quite a few groups of people having picnics along East Coast Park.

Most were observed to be in groups of five or fewer, and maintaining a safe distance.

Some of the foreign domestic workers they spoke to also said that Hari Raya Puasa is a "big event" for them, and they wish to spend the day with friends or loved ones from the same hometown.

However, some of the people that they spoke to also said that they are trying to avoid crowded places given the Covid-19 situation.

Covid-19 cases on the rise

On Friday (May 14), the Multi-ministry Taskforce (MTF) on Covid-19 announced further restrictions on social gatherings in Singapore.

Starting from May 16 to Jun. 13, social gatherings will be limited to a maximum of two people, and dining in at food and beverage (F&B) venues will no longer be allowed.

One day before this announcement, Minister for Social and Family Development Masagos Zulkifli also wrote a Facebook post, urging members of the public to avoid heading out unless necessary.

"I urge everyone to reconsider your plans given the latest development. Do try to stay at home and go out only if really necessary," Masagos said.

Top photo via julia_azahra/TikTok, Danny Ou/FB.