More than 6,000 Singapore hawker stall owners will not need to pay for table cleaning and centralised dishwashing during the 'circuit breaker' period.

Alanna Tan  |  Singapore
Published 2020-04-08 11:22:18

From 7 April to 4 May, elevated safe distancing measures will be in place throughout Singapore to reduce movement and interaction.

While food businesses remain open for takeaway, customers cannot stay to dine in.

With the closure of dining areas, the National Environment Agency (NEA) will subsidise table cleaning and centralised dishwashing services in hawker centres during this period.

More than 6,000 stall owners across 114 hawker centers will not have to pay for these services from 7 April to 4 May.

Stallholders in hawker centres managed by NEA or NEA-appointed operators will also receive larger rental waivers, and receive them earlier.

The original 50 per cent waiver from March to June and 25 per cent waiver from July to October that was announced in the Resilience Budget will be increased to a full waiver from April to May, followed by a 50 per cent waiver in June.

Stall owners will receive at least a minimum waiver of $200 per month.

This is expected to benefit 14,000 stallholders in Singapore.

Senior Minister of State Dr Amy Khor said the Government will continue to monitor the situation and do its best to help hawkers, who are “an important component of the Hawker Culture in Singapore”.

“Singaporeans can also do their part by continuing to make cooked food purchases through food deliveries or take-outs,” she added.

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