The Government has introduced elevated safe distancing measures from 7 April to 1 June 2020 to contain the spread of COVID-19. Since 12 April 2020, those who do not comply with the measures will face a fine of $300 immediately (for a first offence).
There have been false claims on social media and text messaging platforms regarding actions by the Singapore Police Force.
The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources deploys around 3,000 Enforcement Officers (EOs) and Safe Distancing Ambassadors (SDAs) daily to public places across Singapore to ensure members of the public observe the safe distancing measures. Police assistance is required in situations where the EOs or SDAs encounter uncooperative persons who refuse to comply with the safe distancing measures.
The Police do not proactively conduct checks at residential units or conduct road blocks to enforce safe distancing measures. However, if the Police come across anyone flouting the measures when attending to cases, the Police may take enforcement action.
The Home Team remains committed in our mission to keep Singapore safe and secure during this period, as well as to support the Whole-of-Government efforts to manage the COVID-19 situation.
We urge everyone to observe safe distancing measures and refrain from spreading false claims.
Read the clarifications regarding the allegations:
• Clarification (17 April 2020): Police Officer Rendering Assistance to GrabFood Deliveryman
• Video (16 April 2020): Stop Spreading False Rumours on Police’s Actions
• Clarification (14 April 2020): Man Arrested for Public Drunkenness
• Clarification (14 April 2020): Police Do Not Conduct Checks at Residential Units to Enforce Elevated Safe Distancing Measures
• Clarification (14 April 2020): Man Arrested for Failure to Return to a Welfare Home, Not for Flouting Safe Distancing Measures
• Clarification (13 April 2020): Police Do Not Conduct Road Blocks to Enforce Elevated Safe Distancing Measures
Read more about how the Home Team supports COVID-19 operations: