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Hello Phase 2!

A graphic of the June 2020 calendar, crossing out the dates and circling June 19

As Singapore enters its second phase of reopening on June 19, several restrictions that were in place to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the last two months have been relaxed. We can now relive simple joys such as dining out at our favourite eateries again. 

Here’s how Singaporeans spent the first day of phase 2.

Ready to Go

Many Singaporeans got around to visiting their favourite places via public transport. 

Like other MRT stations, the Outram Park MRT station saw an increase in commuters today. 
Photo Credit: Eunice Tan
There was also a snaking line of taxis ready for passengers at the Geylang Serai market.
Photo Credit: Nur Syafiqah

Dining In

When it comes to meal options, McDonald’s remains a top choice for many Singaporeans.

Long queues at McDonald’s at Lot One Shopping Mall. 
Photo Credit: Nur Sarah Sudiran

Restaurants also welcomed dine-in customers again.

Nam Nam at Plaza Singapura saw a “full house” of customers.
  Photo Credit: Chelsea Mei Smith
A long queue at the Shake Shack outlet at Neil Road, which had to halt dine-ins only two months after its opening on February 7 due to the circuit breaker.
Photo Credit: Eunice Tan

Singaporeans were also able to return to their favourite cafes to study or do work.

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at Lot One Shopping Mall is usually a hotspot for students who tend to stay for hours, attempting to get work done. 
Photo Credit: Nur Sarah Sudiran

However, some eateries did not enjoy the same crowds.

Five Guys at Plaza Singapura did not see large crowds today. 
Photo Credit: Chelsea Mei Smith

Shopping

From your neighbourhood malls…

Shoppers at Tampines Mall strolling about. 
Photo Credit: Joey Leong

… to the big shopping districts in town.

Bugis Street, a bustling shopping area saw large crowds today, regaining its pre-circuit breaker glory.
Photo Credit: Eunice Tan
Long queues at Daiso’s outlet at VivoCity, a popular shopping mall in Singapore.
Photo Credit: Eunice Tan

Getting physical

With elsewhere gaining crowds, some places remained quiet. For instance, many may have chosen to stay away from public pools, just to be safe.

The public pool at Our Tampines Hub remained empty. 
Photo Credit: Joey Leong

Meeting up with friends may have been more appealing than hitting the gym today as well.

While many of us are excited to go out and spend time with our friends, let’s not forget to follow the required social distancing guidelines to keep everyone safe. Stay safe, and happy phase 2!

Edited by: Hannah Fletcher
Proofread by: Christel Yan

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