Activity stirs on first day of Jurong Fishery Port reopening

The Jurong Fishery Port closed on July 17 for two weeks, after multiple Covid-19 infections were detected there. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

SINGAPORE - After closing for two weeks due to a Covid-19 outbreak on its premises, the Jurong Fishery Port finally started seeing signs of activity on Saturday (July 31).

The Straits Times observed nine people - believed to be employees of the port's tenants - at the port's entrance between 6am and 10am.

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said the port reopened only at 3pm.

Most of the workers came in their own vehicles, which they parked outside the entrance, while others arrived in taxis.

Those who spoke to ST said they had returned to open their companies' offices for disinfection, as instructed by their bosses. Friday was the last day of their quarantine.

They also said they had not yet been instructed to prepare for Monday, when unloading and wholesale activities are allowed to resume in the port.

But the workers were allowed to enter the port at about 9.40am. By then, five of them had left after some asked another worker to open their offices on their behalf.

The remaining workers had to don protective clothing and were escorted by a SFA officer into the port.

Three other visitors, believed to be staff tasked with disinfecting the premises, were seen entering the port between 9.15am and 9.25am.

The Jurong Fishery Port closed on July 17, after multiple Covid-19 infections were detected there - as well as at Hong Lim Market and Food Centre - the previous day.

The cases involved fishmongers and stall assistants, who unwittingly transmitted the virus to more people in the markets and communities where they ply their trade.

As at noon on Saturday, the port cluster had a total of 1,025 cases.

In a statement on Wednesday, SFA said Saturday's reopening was for tenants to make arrangements for the resumption of operations.

The agency said the tenants would be briefed on the enhanced Covid-19 measures at the port.

These included testing all authorised entry pass holders - consisting mainly of tenants, workers and traders - before they entered the port. Thereafter, they would be placed under a seven-day rostered routine testing regime.

People at the Jurong Fishery Port, on July 31, 2021. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

Those who are not tested or do not have a negative test result would not be allowed to enter the fishery ports.

These measures come on top of requirements such as temperature checks and TraceTogether SafeEntry check-in that have been in place for entry pass holders since March last year.

SFA also said in the statement it had conducted two rounds of deep cleaning of the entire site, including disinfecting the tenants' offices.

Workers had to don protective clothing to enter the port. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

It added that it would continue to clean common areas and crates after the port reopens.

The agency would also be working with trade associations to refine the enhanced measures and adapt them if necessary to the unique working conditions of Singapore's two fishery ports, it said.

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