The authorities are really out of touch of the ground

PAP government requires hawkers and everyone in the Food and Beverage industry to wear face masks.

I find that the authorities are really out of touch of the ground.

Cooks, Chefs, Hawkers and people who handle food in factories are working in a very warm or even hot surrounding. Wearing face masks in such condition will only result in many of these people not wearing their masks properly.

Furthermore, face masks qualities vary greatly and some cannot pass the “splash tests”. It means that it could not block all sneezing or coughing droplets from contaminating the food they are handling.

The other alternative suggested for F&B industry is Full Face shield. Full Face shields are good for counters or front desks where workers serve their customers. However, there are two problems with Full Face shields.

1) For front counters whereby workers are serving food, it is not as effective as spit guard (which covers mouth and nose) in preventing contamination of food stuffs. Spit guard that covers both the mouth and nose is most effective. I would recommend using BOTH full face shield and spit guards for workers serving at the counters.

2) Full Face Shields which do not have anti-fog properties on both sides will not be appropriate for cooks and chefs who are dealing with steam and smoke. Cooks and Chefs who are in the kitchen should use spit guards with cover their mouth and nose. Cooks and Chefs are not expected to be in contact with customers at the front desk. The main purpose is to prevent contamination of the food they are cooking. Thus, the appropriate gear should be spit guard which covers nose and mouth alone.

This is the problem when the authorities run by scholars up there who do not have a good grasp of the situation at ground level. They come up with inappropriate directives which create problems or discomfort on the ground and in the end, many people will give up and breach these guidelines or end up with improper use of face masks.

If we are to resume our lives to normal with certain adjustment, I hope those sitting in their ivory towers should just make more effort to listen to feedback and ground people so to make appropriate adjustment to their directives.

 

Goh Meng Seng

 

 

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8 Responses to “The authorities are really out of touch of the ground”

  • trublu:

    Normalising the market place when COVID CASES here have yet to come down is creating chances for a Second Round of potential havoc.

    We need to be extra careful as we a very densely populated CITY?

    WEARING MASK OR FACE-SHIELDS etc can only help REDUCE *DIRECT* FACE-TO-FACE SPREAD BUT THATS ALL?

    WE NEED TO OBSERVE CAREFULLY AS IT COULD BE A DICEY SCENARIO.

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  • Conned Care:

    Yes… from F&B industry.. your suggestion is prefect and practical. Sad …our PAP ministers only wear blind fold mask… so they don’t even see what they are doing

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  • uselesstankinl:

    many food courts are aircond.
    what is the problem ?

    hotels too has aircond kitchen

    gms, you seem quite useless, just like tkl.

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  • SG Boleh:

    Maybe everyone should go out there and get infected to have the anti-body; then, there would be no further need to be afraid. Those who are fearful can stay home and wait for a family member to bring the virus back to them! Until a vaccine is found or the virus just dies off naturally, there is no 100% protection. If it is not Covid-19, it could be something else – cancer, dengue, Hepatitis or any other disease that could end a life. So, lift up the CB, return life to normal and take common sense precautions.

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  • Soveriegn Sojourner:

    Actually, they say don’t have to wear face masks when jogging or exercising. So just let the body develop resistance to COVID 19.

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  • True:

    Seen cooks in hawker centres not wearing mask or did not wear it properly.
    Need to find out why and address it or it will be a weak link to spread the Virus to the community.

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  • MarBowling:

    In this instance, Tend to agree with GMS.

    Yes, the PAPigs is DEFINITELY a and 101% out of touch with the GROUND for a very very LOONG TIME! For donkey years, the PAPigs under Mai Hum aka Emperor w/o clothes have been perching on top their IVORY TOWERS(IT), NO FIACKING DOUBT AT ALL, WITH HELICOPTER VIEW RUINING OOPS RUNNING OUR CUNTRY, PERIOD!

    Other previous crises like the 2008 GFC, etc were peanut or sup sup the water to Mai Hum and his World Class Ministers. They could still remain on top their IT and business as usual for them. Still enjoying humongous obscene salary and 18 months bonuses. Still continue to FIX the Opposition by suing them until pants drop!

    Covid 19 has FINALLY FORCED them to CRAWL DOWN from their COSY TOWERS! After STAYING on top of their IT for SOOOOOOO FIACKING LOONG, THE IMPOTENCY, COMPLACENCY AND INCOMPETENCE of Mai Hum aka Emperor w/o clothes, his whole bunch of World Class Ministers(esp HK Chan aka Bugs Bunny Chan, Son of the Gan, Joker Teo)and top Gun$, SHOW OUT LIKE A SOLE TRUMP OOPS THUMB!

    Hopefully Covid 19 will be ABLE TO CONVINCE MOST VOTERS IN THE COMING PANDEMIC ERECTION(esp 69.9% DAFTS)THE NEED FOR A REGIME CHANGE, A CHANGE FOR A COMPETENT GOVERNMENT FOR A BETTER SINGAPORE FOR THE PRESENT GENERATION AND FUTURE GENERATIONS TO COME!

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  • Bobo:

    Majority of cooks are not local borned. If one is, then he is the stall licensed owner.No worries when forced to wear mask for all. This is similar to mandatory wearing of gloves for hawkers. They will get use to it eventually.

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