Entry restrictions at Lucky Plaza and Peninsula Plaza to be lifted on Saturday

Visitors are strongly advised against rushing to the malls immediately, or to visit during peak hours. PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM, ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The weekend entry restrictions to Lucky Plaza and Peninsula Plaza will be lifted on Saturday (April 10), almost eight months after the introduction of measures to tackle persistent crowding and long queues observed at the two high-traffic malls.

In a joint statement on Friday, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Enterprise Singapore (ESG) cited improvements such as reduced crowds at both malls and better management of queues and pedestrian traffic around the perimeters of the malls.

"Both malls have also demonstrated greater compliance with safe management measures. For instance, the number of composition fines issued to businesses and individuals have decreased by 70 per cent, compared with before the implementation of the entry restrictions," the agencies said.

STB and ESG had worked with the operators of both malls to implement restrictions on Aug 29 last year, based on the last digit of the identification number for each visitor.

Those with an even last digit on their cards were allowed to visit the malls only on even dates, while those with an odd digit could visit on odd dates.

The agencies said that while entry restrictions have been lifted, visitors are strongly advised against rushing to the malls immediately, or to visit during peak hours.

They should, instead, plan their visits during weekdays or non-peak periods on weekends.

"STB and ESG will continue to work closely with the mall operators and relevant agencies to ensure that all prevailing safe management measures are strictly implemented. We will also closely monitor the crowd situation at both malls and will reimpose entry restrictions if necessary," said the agencies.

They added that even as restrictions are eased for economic and community activities, businesses and individuals must remain vigilant and adhere to all prevailing safe management measures, noting that government agencies will continue to step up enforcement checks.

First-time offenders who breach laws under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act may face a fine of up to $10,000, up to six months' jail, or both.

Repeat offenders may be fined up to $20,000, sentenced to a maximum of a year in jail, or both.

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