This article was published on March 27, 2020. Get more updates on the Covid-19 situation here.
From today, those who intentionally sit down less than 1m away from another person in a public place, on a fixed seat marked not to be occupied, or stand in a queue less than 1m away from another person, will be guilty of an offence.
They can be fined up to $10,000, jailed for up to six months, or face both penalties upon conviction under updates to the Infectious Diseases Act made by the Ministry of Health yesterday.
Those who own or occupy shopping centres, places of worship, funeral venues and 55 places of attractions such as museums and theme parks will also be liable for such penalties for not complying with safe distancing measures, such as having over 10 persons in a room at any one time.
Schools, workplaces, Parliament and the courts are exempt.
Meanwhile, patients with acute respiratory symptoms who are given a five-day medical certificate by a doctor must not leave home from the day the MC is given, except to seek medical attention. The same penalties for failure to keep a safe distance apply for those who breach this rule.