Purposely sitting or standing less than 1m apart might get you jailed or fined?!

Purposely sitting or standing less than 1m apart might get you jailed or fined?!

Channel NewsAsia - SG·10.5k views·2020-03-27 09:23

Safe distancing measures are seen at Chinatown Point shopping mall. 

SINGAPORE: Individuals, event organisers and owners of premises who break rules meant to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Singapore could face jail terms and fines under new regulations that came into effect at 11.59pm on Thursday (Mar 26).

Those who breach their stay-home notice will also face similar penalties. 

The regulations, which come under the Infectious Diseases Act, will give legal force to the safe-distancing measures announced by the COVID-19 Multi-Ministry Taskforce, and provide "enhanced enforcement" for breaches of the stay-home notice, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a press release.

Those found guilty of breaching the safe-distancing rules may be jailed up to six months, or fined up to S$10,000, or both, MOH said.

As previously announced, starting from Friday, gatherings outside of work or school are limited to 10 people, who must maintain 1m distance from each other. This applies in settings where "interactions are non-transient", such as at supermarkets, restaurants and shopping malls. 

Owners of premises and event organisers must ensure that non-fixed seating is at least 1m away from any other seat at all times. If seats are fixed to the floor, alternate seats need to be demarcated as a seat not to be occupied. 

In public places where queues are formed, such as at retail stores or supermarkets, individuals need to stand 1m apart in the queue. 

Business owners and event organisers who do not abide by these regulations may be jailed up to six months, or fined up to S$10,000, or both.

Individuals who intentionally sit on demarcated seats or stand in a queue less than 1m away from another individual could also face the above penalties.  

READ: Those who breach stay-home notice will be charged in court, says Shanmugam

READ: COVID-19 FAQ - When will a stay-home notice be issued, and what does it mean?


The stay-home notice rules forbid all who are issued a notice from leaving their place of accommodation for the duration of the notice.

Those found guilty of breaching the stay-home notice may be jailed up to six months, or fined up to S$10,000, or both under the new regulations.

Since Mar 20, a 14-day stay-home notice is given to all travellers returning to Singapore, including Singaporeans, permanent residents and long-term pass holders.

From Mar 25, returnees from the United Kingdom and United States will serve their stay-home notice in dedicated facilities.

In addition, the regulations also prohibit those certified by a doctor to have acute respiratory symptoms from leaving their place of accommodation for five days "without reasonable excuse", starting on the day the medical certificate is issued.

Those found guilty of failing to comply with the above rule may be jailed up to six months, or fined up to S$10,000, or both

Singapore's COVID-19 cases tally reached 683 as of Thursday. 

Of the 52 new cases reported on Thursday, 28 cases were imported and 24 were local cases, according to MOH's data.

READ: Singaporeans advised to defer all travel abroad amid heightened risk of imported COVID-19 cases

The imported cases had travelled to Europe, North America, Middle East, ASEAN and other parts of Asia.

Eight cases had travelled to the United Kingdom while three cases had been in the United States.

Ten cases are linked to clusters or previous cases while 14 cases are currently unlinked. 

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Kwok Hing Yuen 29/03/2020

Better follow then sorry & get fine


userr 29/03/2020

stupid brainless


Usergbmb 28/03/2020

How far do we hv to be apart from other in the Mrt train? Is it wrong to stand too close to each other?


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Katelim 28/03/2020

put away your personal feeling, all the "negatives" here read up how one particular western country talks easy and no care for her citizens resulted many death? how our country cares for us, still there are negative comments. we are living too comfortably even at this moment to write without seeing the overall situation worldwide. I am not gov people but I must say that do not twist the meaning of implying fine and jail, which gov has to enforce it for good reasons. (btw no matter how much "fine" were to be collected, is never enough for cover daily losses) not enough to build prisons 🤣 remember the teenagers spat on the lift button? the students spat in the shopping mall? who are real "gangsters" to do disgusting things whatever laws now are just preventions/minimizing, hope situation in control. Citizens need to do it with the best efforts (not difficult to stand 1m apart 🤯). quote an eg: imagine if this covid19 go into uncontrollable situation, don't know how virus spreads, everywhere fills with virus, by then all can hug one another, don't need pay "fine"..... I beta stop writing..🤣🤣😊


Guns&Roses reply Katelim 28/03/2020

If your pappies govt exercise due diligence in the beginning of the outbreak by having stricter border control then we will have much less local transmission that we that we are facing now. Their earlier screw ups cost a lot of problems for the citizens. Especially those manning the frontline are put to danger. Have the pappies govt show remorse or apologise? NO!! They show their arrogance by criticising the very citizens who blindly voted them to power. Instead of calming down the people in panic buying what the pappies govt do? They ridicule and shamed those people. People all the world clear the shelves of supermarkets so did their govt call them idiots and xiasuay? Where is the pappies govt accountability? Whatever problems they are very fast to push it to the general public to bear the consequences of their mishandlings Doctors are asked to treat locals only and make the doctors break their doctor’s oath. Now they start panicking and imposed drastic measures to ensure people’s compliance. All these are their ways to cover their earlier screw ups. 😂