Lucky Plaza businesses petition authorities to remove odd-entry restrictions on weekends

Sep 14, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
SINGAPORE - Two weeks after odd-even Covid-19 entry restrictions kicked in on weekends at Lucky Plaza, business owners have appealed to the authorities to relax the rules, which they said have severely affected their bottom line.

Last month, the Singapore Tourism Board and Enterprise Singapore worked with the management of two malls - Lucky Plaza and Peninsula Plaza - to implement odd and even date entry restrictions on weekends from Aug 29.

Entry restrictions not first resort: STB. In an e-mail to Lucky Plaza's management and shopkeepers dated Sept 10, the STB said it deployed at the mall "Far more resources than what we have had to dedicate to the rest of Orchard Road as a whole", including seven SDAs every Sunday, as the mall management was not able to manage the situation.

Measures put in place prior to entry restrictions included an appointment system for remittance services, a revised entry-exit system with better separation, and additional manpower to manage queues at the perimeter of Lucky Plaza, including spillover crowds at the relatively narrow main thoroughfare, disrupting pedestrian flow along Orchard Road, the STB said in the e-mail seen by The Straits Times.

Given Lucky Plaza's niche clientele -the mall is especially popular with Filipino domestic workers on Sundays, where many go to meet friends and buy products from home - the entry restrictions mean customers avoid the mall entirely, said beauty products proprietor Roy Tan, who runs Jaz Enjoyz Beauty.