SINGAPORE, Jan 15 — More safe distancing ambassadors and enforcement officers will be deployed to Chinatown in the weekends leading up to Chinese New Year, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said today.

The three weekends are January 14 to January 16, January 21 to January 23, and January 28 to January 31. 

STB said it will work closely with other authorities to monitor the crowd situation in Chinatown. Additional measures during peak hours will be implemented if necessary. 

These possible measures include: Closing the pedestrian entry to Pagoda Street from New Bridge Road, limiting entry from Exit A of Chinatown MRT station at Pagoda Street, and closing Temple Street to vehicles.

“STB is working with the Chinatown Business Association and relevant government agencies to ensure shops and eateries do not extend their operations onto pedestrian paths, which could make it difficult for visitors to keep a safe distance,” said the tourism board. 

“This includes hotspots along New Bridge Road, Pagoda Street and Trengganu Street.”

It encouraged people to plan their visits to Chinatown and to visit during off-peak hours. They should also adhere to prevailing safe management measures, such as wearing masks, maintaining a distance of 1m from each other and remaining in groups of five people or fewer.

“We urge all to be socially responsible, to allow everyone to enjoy the festivities safely,” said STB.

To avoid crowds, people can shop for Chinese New Year products at a bazaar online, organised by the Kreta Ayer Community Club and Shopee. The online bazaar starts on Monday. — TODAY