Low attendance at Jem shopping center after group of 4 cases of Covid-19

SINGAPORE – It may have been the weekend, but attendance at Jem Mall in Jurong was low on Saturday August 7 after a cluster of four Covid-19 cases were reported there.

The lines at some of the popular dining establishments, such as McDonald’s fast food restaurants, were no more than five when the Straits Times visited the mall around noon.

Japanese supermarket chain Don Don Donki, which usually lines up to get in, did not have a line outside.

The mall, Singapore’s third largest with more than 200 stores across six levels, was mostly quiet with around 20 people window shopping on each level.

The health ministry announced another case of Covid-19 linked to the mall on Friday, bringing the cluster to a total of four cases.

No other details were provided on the cluster.

The operator of the Lendlease shopping center has sought to reassure customers, saying the place has been thoroughly cleaned.

Head of Asset Operations Jenny Khoo said, “Jem has undergone deep cleaning and sanitizing to protect buyers and tenants as per government advice. We are working closely with our stakeholders to create a safer community for all. “

She added that staff and tenants who were at the mall from July 21 to August 5 were told they also had to take mandatory swab tests.

This is the second time that the mall has been designated a Covid-19 cluster.

In May, Jem, along with the adjacent Westgate shopping center, was declared the center of a cluster and had to close for cleaning.

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Peggy P. Gilmore