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Few Singaporeans eating out on first day of Phase 2

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Although dining-in with groups of five is allowed now, not everyone is rushing to meet their friends just yet.

Singapore has entered Phase 2 of its reopening after the circuit breaker on Jun 19.

For the first time since Apr 7, Singaporeans can meet up and eat out in groups of not more than five.

Youth.SG headed down to see what things were like on the first day of Phase 2.

The first thing we noticed was that even though eateries across the island were slightly more lively than they were in the past two months, they were still a lot less crowded than the pre-COVID-19 days.

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People working in the CBD having lunch in groups of not more than five, with a 1m spacing between groups.
PHOTO CREDIT: JAI

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Food places like Lau Pa Sat, which cater more to tourist, were still very quiet.
PHOTO CREDIT: PEARCE TOH

Hawker centres in the CBD remained largely quiet, as most people who were able to work from home have probably continued doing so.

On the other hand, malls drew a slightly larger crowd, including those in the heartlands.

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People queuing to scan in and enter Bedok Mall on Jun 19.
PHOTO CREDIT: SHERLYN TAN

While there were some crowds forming at malls, people were generally following safe distancing measures. In fact, most of the people we saw were running errands or buying takeaway food, rather than eating out with friends.

When asked about her concerns coming out during Phase 2, student Adeline Wong, 20, said: "I don't feel too cautious about going out in Phase 2. I think as long as we practise safe distancing and hygiene, we will be okay." 

23-year-old student Sara Ismail, who was out meeting a few friends, said: "I'm glad I can meet up with my friends today. Not being able to go out for two months was tough. 

"However, I don't think people should go out too much despite being in Phase 2. It's still not completely safe."

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Eateries like this one in Seletar Mall were quite empty even during lunch hour.
PHOTO CREDIT: AZRA RAUFF

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However, long queues were spotted outside Popular bookstore at Seletar Mall and Northpoint.
PHOTO CREDIT: AZRA RAUFF

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Many people were also making their way to bubble tea outlets like this one in Bedok.
PHOTO CREDIT: SHERLYN TAN

As Singapore slowly opens up and we can finally head out to run errands and meet a few friends, let's continue to observe safe distancing measures, and follow good hygiene practices like wearing a mask to prevent the spread of the virus.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY AZRA RAUFF

BANNER AND TEASER PHOTO CREDIT: PEARCE TOH

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