Suntec City joins list of dine-in areas for front-line workers

The mall has designated the Food Republic (pictured) and Big Appetite food courts as zones that allow essential workers to have meals in a safe and conducive environment. PHOTO: SUNTEC CITY

SINGAPORE - Food delivery riders, safe distancing ambassadors and other essential workers can now dine in at Suntec City in two zones, following a ban on dining in at eateries and restaurants until June 13.

The mall has designated the Food Republic and Big Appetite food courts to allow for the consumption of meals in a safe and conducive environment. The mall joins other venues like community centres that have opened up their premises to allow front-line workers to rest and have their meals.

"Safe management measures within these dining areas are in place and we hope this will play a small part in helping these essential personnel perform their roles during this difficult time," said Suntec in a release on Thursday (May 20).

This will apply to safe distancing ambassadors, safe management inspectors, enforcement officers and food delivery riders, it added.

Suntec City said that it will be extending the grace period for parking on its premises, to support delivery drivers and riders.

This will give shoppers more flexibility to pick up any orders they make for takeaways, it added.

The mall will also allow its tenants to shorten store operating hours to reduce their operating costs.

Rental support on a case-by-case basis will also be provided to tenants who are adversely impacted by the Covid-19 measures and restrictions, said Suntec City.

Besides Suntec City, community centres and clubs in places such as Sembawang, Marymount, Toa Payoh, Punggol, and Pasir Ris have also set aside designated eating areas for essential workers such as private-hire drivers and safe distancing ambassadors.

Several Members of Parliament (MPs) have put up posts about these spaces on Facebook, including Minister for Health Ong Ye Kung, Minister of State for Manpower and Education Gan Siow Huang and Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC MP Saktiandi Supaat.

The Heartbeat @ Bedok community hub has also made similar arrangements and converted its culinary studio into a temporary meal and rest area for drivers and food delivery riders.

Minister of State for National Development and Communications and Information Tan Kiat How said in a Facebook post yesterday that this space will be open from 10am to 8pm every day, including public holidays.

"Our food delivery riders, taxi and private hire drivers have kept us going throughout this pandemic. This small gesture of appreciation is our way of thanking them for their hard work," he said.

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