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With Singapore going into Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), which comes in effect from 16 May to 13 June, it is now prohibited to dine-in at food and beverage establishments, including hawker centres and food courts.
This inevitably caused an increase in the demand for food delivery service, but brings along another dilemma for delivery riders. It has become challenging for food delivery riders, taxi, and private hire drivers to find a place to eat during their shifts as dining at eating places are not allowed.
However, for Yishun delivery riders, Bao Logistics is offering their space “for you to rest and consume your meals.”
In a post on their Facebook page on 19 May, the company shared that they have designated food delivery riders rest area with specific motorbike and e-bike lots. On top of an air-conditioned area for rest, Bao Logistics is also offering a space for prayers for Muslim riders with the right direction to face the qibla.
The company also added five important notes for those who are coming over to use the rest area, including “Trace Together scanning and temperature taking required before entering, while individuals with Exposure Alert are highly recommended not to enter, and head home for isolation in preventing any unforeseen incidents.” They also requested for riders to keep masks on unless they are eating or drinking, and maintaining a 1-metre distance at all times.
“We provide toilet access, aircon utility, prayer area, charging points and free WiFi,” Bao Logistics wrote in their post. Located at Northpoint Bizhub 2 Yishun Industrial Street 1 #07-09, the space is open every day from 12pm to 10pm.
Similarly, Member of Parliament (MP) Tan Chuan-Jin shared on his Facebook that they have arranged for “sports/function halls in our Kampong Kembangan Community Club and Kampong Ubi Community Club for our food delivery riders and SDAs to have a space to take meal breaks. Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle drivers are welcomed too!”
On his Facebook post, MP Melvin Yong said that his team has “set up a rest area at the sheltered multi-purpose hall next to Radin Mas CC” specifically for the food delivery riders. He shared that it is “so that our sisters and brothers performing this essential service can have a dedicated space to rest and have their meals.”
MP Baey Yam Kang also shared on his page that they had “set up an area at Blk 475 void deck in Tampines N4 Neighbourhood Centre” for the food delivery riders to dine in. MP Seah Kian Peng shared Braddell Heights Constituency post that they have “opened up our Braddell Heights Community Club’s Multi-Purpose Hall” for the same purpose.