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Firms gear up for haze in 2nd half after warning

Tour agencies and health-care firms expect business boost; eateries worry

Published on Mar 22, 2014 8:22 AM
Haze in Singapore earlier this month. The Government has warned that the problem could become worse in the second half of the year. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

If the haze hits hard in the second half of this year, it will be a boon for some businesses and a bane to others.

Travel agencies are anticipating a surge in bookings while retailers are looking into promotions to attract shoppers. Healthcare providers, pharmacies and landscaping firms say they are also gearing up for the haze.

On Thursday, Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said a combination of dry weather and south-westerly winds, both typical of the June-October south-west monsoon, and the projected El Nino phenomenon in the second half of the year might lead to haze. This is if land burning continues in Riau and other parts of Sumatra.

At the media briefing, the Manpower Ministry also reminded employers of the need to identify workers who could be affected by hazy conditions and to define what sort of outdoors work should be reduced.

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