Why are shopping mall needing this?
Shopping malls are playing their part as Singapore’s fight against Covid-19. The new measure released by the Government requires all entertainment outlets such as bars, cinemas to be closed from Thursday (March 26) 11.59pm till April 30, 2020. While shopping malls, museums and restaurants must reduce crowd density to stay open. Though shopping malls can still be in operation, malls will have to be in compliance with new measures to provide a safe environment for shoppers.
As seen previously, long queues quickly appear in several areas of Singapore with a high flow of human traffic. By increasing each mall’s manpower strength, this issue can quickly be solved for many retailers and shopping centres, especially when it comes to positions that can be quickly filled by the manpower provided by Partymojo. Mandatory social distancing is extremely crucial in the current circumstances, one of the ways we are able to flatten our epidemic curve and buy time for more effective interventions.
Why are such measures being taken?
Task force co-chair Lawrence Wong, the Minister for National Development, said that the aim was to have fewer people out and about, and a reduction in social gatherings and any activity that could be a potential social vector for the virus. While malls employ additional manpower for temperature screening and tallying roles, it allows for effective contact tracing due to the smaller groups of shoppers in the malls itself. The moment a case is confirmed, contact tracing is able to identify close contacts and to quarantine them as soon as possible, so as to reduce further spread of the disease.
How many people can be in the mall?
Other public venues such as retail malls, museums and attractions, where contact is more transient, may remain open. But operators must make sure the venue does not have more than one person per 16 sq m of usable space depending on the size of the malls as the amount of shoppers varies.