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Social Distancing challenges at HDB neighborhood

With the recent rampant outbreak of Covid community cases in schools, HDB estates, KTV and fish markets, the Govt Task Force needs to review and focus on social distancing guidelines.

There are many hotspots in my neighbourhood in Serangoon North Av1. As residents do their daily chores of purchasing groceries at the shops, social distancing efforts and enforcement need to be enhanced.

My neighbourhood may become another Covid hotspot if nothing is done to provide more walking spaces for shoppers at wet markets and shops, to minimise close proximity among shoppers and to prevent community spread.

NTUC FairPrice supermarket is completely filled with goods everywhere, overflowing into walkways, both inside and outside the store. Shoppers are at shoulder-to-shoulder length while shopping.

Just outside the supermarket, there is a cake shop and home appliances store. Both of them are occupying and blocking the walk spaces and pavements with their goods on display.

Surprisingly, these 2 shops occupy more areas outside than the actual size of their shop itself.

Social distancing is a huge problem as the place is always bustling with shoppers, with very little space left to walk. Two of the shops have built structures and had layout huge canvas, eating into public common areas.

This is totally unacceptable. Unfortunately these shopkeepers have gone overboard, with indiscriminate stacking and display of goods, compromising fire safety standards as well.

Wondering who had approved permits to allow these shop owners to use public areas outside their shops – Was it HDB, Aljunied Town Council, North East CDC, Aljunied PAP Grassroots Committee or Resident Committee?

Residents will welcome any action by the relevant Authority to minimse community spread in this neighbourhood by clearing up the public areas to give more space for shoppers to practice social distancing, thus preventing any potential community spread.

Hope, our Covid Multi Ministry Task Force (MTF) will investigate similar situations in all HDB estates.

Be safe than sorry.

Hope residents from other estates speak up if their neighbourhoods are at such risks as well.

 

Concerned Resident

 

 

 

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25 Responses to “Social Distancing challenges at HDB neighborhood”

  • Clueless:

    All these are nothing compared to the forthcoming mass gathering NDP as if they have agreement with the Delta variant virus to stay away.

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  • Aad:

    I think just imagine you in mrt or bus lor same what

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  • #08-193 Stoopids:

    As if social skills aern’t lacking enough, now rhis pandemic has created a truly anti social world.

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  • Smart Nation:

    Social distancing is an impossibility in SG, whether it is HDB shophouse corridors, supermarkets, wet-markets, buses or trains. HDB retailers have approval to display their goods within allowed boundary lines outside their stores, but most times they exceed the boundaries and obstruct the walk-way. There should be stricter enforcement or else ban it altogether as it creates obstruction and makes the place looks messy.

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  • Harder Truths:

    $G was designed by the Despot to squeeze in as many people as possible. Even rats will get claustrophobia here. They expect social distancing how? Especially in estates near the town centre, coffee shops and anywhere people congregate you can never truly social distance.

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  • No wonder:

    This country is designed to fail during a pandemic. We are extremely lucky that covid does not seem to be seriously fatal in Singapore.

    Death is less than 1 per 100,000.
    In Finland, death is almost 20 per 100,000. If like that here, all who can would have run away.

    Harder Truths:
    $G was designed by the Despot to squeeze in as many people as possible. Even rats will get claustrophobia here. They expect social distancing how? Especially in estates near the town centre, coffee shops and anywhere people congregate you can never truly social distance.

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  • MarBowling:

    #08-193 Stoopids:
    August 2, 2021 at 7:59 pm (Quote)
    As if social skills aern’t lacking enough, now rhis pandemic has created a truly anti social world.

    Response: well said. Mom and Pop shops all over SinKapore ARE already suffering and STRUGGLING pre-Covid19 due to most shoppers prefer to buy their stuffs in air-cond malls with big anchor tenants like NTUC FairPrice and Coldstorage outlets. Some also prefer to shop at Sheng Siong(Talk Cock)! Now out of the BLUE, this Holee writer came out to KPKB about SOCIAL DISTANCING at these POOR SHOPS! Like someone has APPROPRIATELY said, go and kpkb about SOCIAL DISTANCING at MRT, BUS, and maybe Polyclinic and hospital!

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  • Billy ma:

    Did the writer scold PAP for their inept handling & management of the imports at the airport & other entry points into our shore?

    He seems to think that the virus can suddenly pops up among Singaporeans just because they’re standing close to each other.

    No. Every infection starts from someone outside the country coming in.
    So who & what should be the main focus?
    Of course it is the incoming controls & PAP is 100% responsible.

    The writer is one who looks at the easy target, just like many of his kind.

    Singaporeans are not at fault.
    No Singaporean wants to be infected.

    Singaporeans get the vaccine, put on face mask, & do distancing as best as possible, yet the one who failed to do the job properly is PAP.

    PAP has been trying to put all the blames on Singaporeans since Day one of the pandemic & is still on this game til now.

    The writer is one sure person that PAP got through apparently.

    But we need fewer if not none of such people.

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  • Fakers alot:

    Who Lou boi taman

    They damn powerful…….
    …………No need warrant go to mikhail’s house to check……….Powerful……..

    ….WEAR RED SOMEMORE …………LIKE RED GUARDS OF COMMUNIST CHINA

    MY GRANDMA KENA BEATEN BY THEM FOR BEING RICH!

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  • ah chik:

    Social distancing,me thought they say now it just endemic?
    Life goes on as NORMAL?
    You,old fogies,you die your business.

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  • Ohhhhhhhh Noooooooooo:

    So what happens when a bicycle, ebike or pmd come rushing through this passageway?

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  • #06-189 GEEK:

    Actually, I’m all for social distancing in HDB places. They should space the individual home units further apart from one another. Too close and you can hear your neighbors.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Well, when Singapore population reached 6.9Million, then you start to worry about social distancing!

    When jungles are cutting down and importation of citizen, we will be facing not only viruses, but snakes, monkey, monitor lizard, bees, warps etc. too.

    The only way to stop this scenario from happening is Singaporeans must vote wisely in the next GE.

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  • #06-189 GEEK:

    All these shop owners business people are even more culpable. Some business association is blaaming the unvaccinated instead of the govt for the sorry state of affairs. Because it’s easy to bully the former. Cowardly greedy pricks.

    So don’t feel sorry for them. They don’t care about people, only bottom line.

    Anyways that Jin Hao Lian provision shop closed down in my neighborhood. Apparently some MP came to console the owner. Now a new provision air con shop took over and has long queues.

    Ya hor, public transport got no case so far.

    MarBowling:

    Response: well said. Mom and Pop shops all over SinKapore ARE already suffering and STRUGGLING pre-Covid19 due to most shoppers prefer to buy their stuffs in air-cond malls with big anchor tenants like NTUC FairPrice and Coldstorage outlets. Some also prefer to shop at Sheng Siong(Talk Cock)! Now out of the BLUE, this Holee writer came out to KPKB about SOCIAL DISTANCING at these POOR SHOPS! Like someone has APPROPRIATELY said, go and kpkb about SOCIAL DISTANCING at MRT, BUS, and maybe Polyclinic and hospital!

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  • #06-189 GEEK:

    All these shop owners business people are even more culpable. Some business association is blaaming the unvaccinated instead of the govt for the sorry state of affairs. Because it’s easy to bully the former. Cowardly greedy pricks.

    So don’t feel sorry for them. They don’t care about people, only bottom line.

    Anyways that Jin Hao Lian provision shop closed down in my neighborhood. Apparently some MP came to console the owner. Now a new provision air con shop took over and has long queues.

    Ya hor, public transport got no case so far. Hmmm…

    MarBowling:

    Response: well said. Mom and Pop shops all over SinKapore ARE already suffering and STRUGGLING pre-Covid19 due to most shoppers prefer to buy their stuffs in air-cond malls with big anchor tenants like NTUC FairPrice and Coldstorage outlets. Some also prefer to shop at Sheng Siong(Talk Cock)! Now out of the BLUE, this Holee writer came out to KPKB about SOCIAL DISTANCING at these POOR SHOPS! Like someone has APPROPRIATELY said, go and kpkb about SOCIAL DISTANCING at MRT, BUS, and maybe Polyclinic and hospital!

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  • #06-189 GEEK:

    Like all those stoopids congregate in the center of a pathway and talk….or those pram pushers take up the whole width of the path…

    Create obstruction. Oh noooooo..

    Ohhhhhhhh Noooooooooo:
    So what happens when a bicycle, ebike or pmd come rushing through this passageway?

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  • Social Distance Ambassador:

    SDA need to take their job seriously.
    Last time saw a bunch of them talking to one another while the crowd at the market stalls were not keeping their social distance.
    When ask why no action, was told it is not their job. Also hard to keep on asking prople to keep social distance there.Claimed Only responsible to ensure the stall owners themselves comply with their requirements.
    Don’t understand why such division of labour.
    Such attitude will cause the Virus spread in markets.

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  • Social Distance in Buses:

    To be effective ,better to ensure the Air quality in busses and trains are good.
    Installed Purifiers and Virus killers.
    Not easy to prevent people from getting near to each other in public transport.

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  • Gerrard:

    First, they let you catch the virus at the small little gap entry point where hundreds queue up , scan TT to get into market & Hawker centres.
    The best part is the old auntie and uncles told me the Virus can give “ chance” not to infect people like that mass gathering at hawker centre TT entry point just like when you take bus, MRT , public transport to your destination for duration of 45min or more ? But only the Ministers don’t understand and see it that way.

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  • liew mun leong must be jailed:

    Harder Truths:
    $G was designed by the Despot to squeeze in as many people as possible. Even rats will get claustrophobia here. They expect social distancing how? Especially in estates near the town centre, coffee shops and anywhere people congregate you can never truly social distance.

    everywhere is so crowded. how to avoid?

    law of natural selection says, pap island size can accommodate up to 3m+ mouths.

    pap says NO. need 10m. so how not to contract covid? HOW?

    year in year out natural born on island is about 3m+. pap says let pap start with 6.9m. so an additional 3.9m mouths now crowding such a small island. pap is really brainless.

    after all, deporting the perennial 500k+ PRs, and removing the 2m+ aliens, immediately zero chance for any covid to spread.

    after all, covid came in from the outside. it did not originate from the inside. small island. 3m+ maximum. any more, sure as sunrise will add to the pandemic casualties.

    Tech: Can you please change your nick to something less offending? Thank you.

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  • liew mun leong must be jailed:

    Social Distance in Buses:
    To be effective ,better to ensure the Air quality in busses and trains are good.
    Installed Purifiers and Virus killers.
    Not easy to prevent people from getting near to each other in public transport.

    all the cases, if truly looked into, mostly are contracted in bus mrt. pap should invest in technology to trace every single person in bus mrt. then, only can prevent spread.

    everything done now is after the effect. after horse has run out of the barn then close the barn door. where got hope?

    better still, close all the borders. NO HUMANs allowed in until covid has completely vanished from the earth. otherwise, futile exercise all the CB HA and whatever afterthought of pap.

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  • ah chik:

    Maybe we could think of putting up automatic air-curtains with ANTI-BACTERIAL contents at MRT entrances or places like super-markets ?
    Of course,we need to take into account those who have allergies; they can have differently assigned entrances.

    This may offer some help to prevent the virus from aggfessively and freely spreading?

    Just my 2 cents worth.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Today,I was at Harbourfront NTUC Fairprice supermarket .One b**** rich backside woman ordered a live hybrid grouper and those evil b**** backside ntuc women wing slaughtered her with a price of $39.90 per kg.That live hybrid grouper fish weight about 0.55 kg and the total price of that live hybrid grouper cost about $22 per fish ! Pui! One fish cost $22 and only b**** rich woman can afford to eat ! Pui !

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  • Basement:

    I know you must be from the pap camp oneself write ownself to attack
    WP,am I right.

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  • Billy ma:

    PAP should sent the writer of this article to those funeral processions with hundreds of people in attendance.

    Yeah, let people like him go after the rowdy ones.

    But of course it’s easier to catch old aunties & elderly rather than get people who most likely will give them a black eye or broken nose.

    By his tone of his writing, it’s obvious he takes pleasure bullying the old people.

    Let see whether he got the guts to take on the real people.

    Show us, you heroes

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