Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

adsf asdfasdf asdfsdasdfasdf

Patrons at coffee shops, hawker centres and malls began having their vaccination status checked from Oct 13
What TODAY found was that the checks were inconsistent across some coffee shops
Workers generally said there was not enough manpower and customers can be insistent on having their way
A staff member manning the entrance to a hawker centre said she received conflicting instructions about her duties
Most malls TODAY visited were not equipped to automatically check the vaccination status of patrons

SINGAPORE — People were ticked off or confused by new rules that kicked in on Wednesday (Oct 13) barring those who are not vaccinated from entering malls and eating at coffee shops and hawker centres. Checks by TODAY showed that many of these places were ill-equipped to conduct checks.


Mr Cheng Fook Seng, 66, who works at a drinks stall of a coffee shop located at Block 166 Woodlands Street 13, said that he was scolded or verbally abused by some patrons this morning when he asked to check their vaccination status.

However, he appeared resigned to the situation, adding: “I cannot do anything if they want to stay. I can’t chase them away.”

Mr Cheng suggested that the Government deploy officers to enforce the latest measures because it was just impractical for workers manning stalls to do so. 

Checks on patrons’ vaccination status at Our Tampines Hub Hawker Centre on Oct 13, 2021. Photo: Raj Nadarajan/TODAY

READ ALSO,50213321.html,50213323.html,50213325.html,50213329.html,50213333.html,50213331.html,50213335.html,50213337.html,50213339.html,50213341.html

Covid-19: Coffee shops must designate ‘fixed point’, such as drinks stall, to check patrons’ vaccination status
Other people working in coffee shops that TODAY visited said the same thing when interviewed, adding that they were short of manpower to conduct checks.

TODAY has asked the National Environment Agency (NEA) for its response to the problems these workers highlighted.

Subscribe to our email newsletter

By clicking subscribe, I agree for my personal data to be used to send me TODAY newsletters, promotional offers and for research and analysis.

Last Saturday, the Government announced that people who are not fully vaccinated will not be allowed entry into malls, large standalone stores, attractions, hawker centres and coffee shops, so as to protect them and reduce the strain on the healthcare system.

At hawker centres and coffee shops, the customers’ vaccination status will be randomly checked by enforcement officers.

Ms Grace Fu, the Minister for Sustainability and the Environment, said a day before that coffee shops should designate a “fixed point” such as a drinks stall, where staff members can check the vaccination status of customers who wish to dine there.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.