Police investigating maskless 53-year-old woman who argued with SDA at MBS

'Members of the public are advised to take the prevailing safe distancing measures seriously,' the police said.

Jane Zhang | May 15, 2021, 10:33 PM

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A video circulating on social media on Saturday (May 15) showed a woman at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) not wearing a mask, and talking back to a Safe Distancing Ambassador (SDA) who asked her to wear a mask in the middle.

The police confirmed that they are investigating a 53-year-old woman for public nuisance and breaching safe distancing measures.

"You have no right to ask me to do anything"

In a viral Facebook video, the maskless woman could be heard speaking to a Safe Distancing Ambassador who was asking her to wear a mask, saying, "Do you have a badge? Can you put on a badge? If you have no badge why are you asking me to do something? Who are you representing?"

Screenshot from video by Prince Shawn on Facebook.

She said, "I say to you, if you have no badge, don't speak to me. You have no right to ask me to do anything."

Several other videos and photos of the woman in other venues without a mask have also emerged online.

Police investigating

The police said that they received a call for assistance at 5:14pm on May 15. The woman had allegedly entered the building without wearing a mask, despite being repeatedly told to wear one by an SDA.

The woman is believed to be involved in other similar instances where she entered various buildings and establishments without a mask, said the police.

Responding to Mothership's queries, an MBS spokesperson said that they are aware of the incident and are working with the police on investigations into the case.

"We would like to take this opportunity to remind all visitors to act responsibly by masking up at all times, especially as we enter a period of heightened alert over Covid-19.

Our Safe Distancing Ambassadors can be identified through their uniforms, and are tasked to approach visitors to adhere to Safe Management Measures."

Penalties for not wearing mask

People found to be not wearing a mask or not wearing a mask properly outside of their place of residence are liable for breaching the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020.

If found guilty, they can face a penalty of up to S$10,000, a prison term of up to six months, or both.

The offence of public nuisance under Section 290 of the Penal Code, carries a maximum penalty of three months in prison, a fine of up to S$2,000, or both.

"Members of the public are advised to take the prevailing safe distancing measures seriously," the police said.

Top photos screenshot via video by Prince Shawn on Facebook.