Since Singapore transitioned into Phase Two where retail shops and restaurants are allowed to reopen, we’ve seen a major increase in crowds at shopping malls that can be quite daunting, especially when you haven’t been out of the house in two months.
To help prep you for your next trip out, here are three websites that you can use to avoid crowds.
Following the reopening of their stores islandwide, the $2 mega store Daiso Singapore saw snaking queues at their various outlets, which made regular shopping for necessities more time-consuming.
Hoping to help manage crowd expectations a little better, Daiso had initially started a live crowd update on their Instagram, which has now evolved into a webpage, that allows you to see the crowd situation at all 22 Daiso and Threeppy outlets in one page, so that you can better plan your visit.
Similar to its previous IG updates, the information is regularly updated throughout the day with crowd data available in two-hour blocks from 10am to 10pm.
As shown in the data collected as of 3pm today, the least crowded Daiso and Threeppy outlet is located at Downtown East and Funan Mall. Although most of the popular Daiso outlets located in areas such as ION Orchard, Plaza Singapura, and VivoCity normally see a spike in visitorship after 12pm, they tend to be least crowded between 10am to 11am.
You can click here to access Daiso’s online crowd update webpage.
Launched during the Circuit Breaker by the Urban Redevelopment Authority, SpaceOut has since been updated to provide you with regular updates on the crowd levels in malls, markets, supermarkets, and post offices across Singapore. The idea is to help you make better choices on where and when you should head out while ensuring you can still keep safe-distancing measures.
The locations are represented on the map by a coloured circle in the following colours:
💚 Green (not crowded)
💛 Yellow (some crowd)
🧡 Orange (crowded)
❤️ Red (max capacity)
🖤 Grey (no data)
Crowd level estimates are based on the data gathered from retail malls, supermarkets, wet markets and post offices on shopper traffic and the safe-distancing measures set by the various governing bodies. Aside from looking at the map as a whole, you can also click on individual locations to see the crowd trend in the last week.
Here’s a look at the some of the locations you can find on SpaceOut:
You can click here to access SpaceOut.
SAFE DISTANCE @ PARKS
Another website that would come in handy during Phase Two is the National Parks’ Safe Distance @ Parks. A tool that will be good for planning a visit to a nearby park.
The parks are represented on the map by coloured shapes in the following colours:
🧡 Orange (high visitorship – refrain from visiting)
💛 Yellow (moderate visitorship – ensure safe-distancing)
💚 Green (low visitorship – ensure safe-distancing)
🖤 Grey (temporarily closed)
The website offers real-time updates including crowd trends, which you can also view for each park when you click on the representing shape seen on the map.
Here’s a look at some of the locations you can find on Safe Distance @ Parks:
You can click here to access Safe Distance @ Parks.