Waterloo Street temple to close on Vesak Day to prevent crowds

Odd-even entry restrictions from May 10.

Lean Jinghui | May 04, 2021, 01:29 PM

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Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple at Waterloo Street will be putting in place new restrictions to prevent crowds from gathering, according to Shin Min Daily News.

This new measure was introduced in light of the number of new Covid-19 community cases that has continued to rise.

More public places have began implementing restrictions in line with tighter precautionary measures.

Odd-even entry restrictions from May 10

From Monday, May 10, tighter Covid-19 safety measures will be implemented.

These include odd and even date entry restrictions, similar to that reinstated at Lucky Plaza and Peninsula Plaza.

Under the odd-even entry restriction, each visitor's entry to the temple is limited to odd or even dates, depending on the last digit of their NRIC or FIN number.

Those with NRIC or FIN digits ending in odd numbers will only be allowed to enter the temple on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

While those with digits ending in even numbers can only enter on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Devotees will have to show their IC before being allowed entry.

Closed on Vesak Day

The temple will also be closed on Vesak Day (May 26).

The Waterloo Street temple typically sees hundreds and thousands of devotees flocking to the area, to offer incense in celebration of the sacred day for Buddhists.

A spokesperson from the temple told 8world that the measures were put in place in light of a recent spike in Covid-19 community cases, and was for the well-being of devotees.

Top image via Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Info Portal/Facebook