SINGAPORE - Many kids here are celebrating Children's Day on Friday (Oct 9) in the outdoors as the skies finally cleared up following weeks of gloomy weather due to the haze.
It was a much welcome change from a fortnight ago on Sept 25 when all primary and secondary schools were forced to close for a day and children were advised to stay indoors after the 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reached hazardous levels (above 300).
As of noon on Friday, the 24-hour PSI was in the moderate range of 78-89.
The air quality has been hovering within the unhealthy range (101-200), before reaching the moderate region since Wednesday.
However, not all parents are giving free reign to their children on their special day.
Madam Nadiah Rosman's three children, aged between 1 1/2 and five, are still not allowed to go to the playground.
"My husband and I have been taking the kids out only when necessary. Even so, they can only go to school, shopping centres or anywhere indoors."
The 27-year-old administrator is not taking any chances.
"The haze is still around even though the PSI is low. What if the PSI increases later in the day?"
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the two Acting Ministers for Education, Mr Ong Ye Kung and Mr Ng Chee Meng have sent their wishes to children on their special day.