‘Tapau Please’ by SethLui.com: Epi #042 — Is queuing for food worth risking COVID-19 infection?

It’s Tapau Please’s finale episode of Season 2 and we take a look at the worrying trend of the Bukit Merah clusters that have caused concern for Singapore’s government. It also has sparked a conversation about not only vaccination efficacy, but also if queueing for food is really worth the risk of contracting COVID-19. The government has advised the public to avoid queuing more than 30 minutes for food, but we know, we know, Singaporeans will go to great lengths to get their hands on their favourite comfort food.

People queueing

We also link back to our conversation about support fatigue; we want to support local F&B businesses, but we can’t support everyone, and at the same time, now we’re advised against doing all we can to patronise these stalls, so at the end of the day, they still suffer from lack of business. So, what do we do now? Which is more important—us supporting these businesses with our patronage or staying home and staying safe? It feels like we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, and if you’re feeling just as guilty, you’re not alone.

But one thing is for sure, this COVID-19 pandemic sure has all of us trying our best—and that is honestly all we can do. There’s no need to travel across Singapore and queue at Changi if you stay at Newton Circus; simply visit the hawker centre closest to you and we’ll all already be doing our part. We do recognise that queuing might be one of Singapore’s favourite pastime besides eating, but let’s all try to stay safe, above all else.

We also bid farewell to Zat, SethLui.com’s Editor-in-Chief, as he makes his last appearance here on Tapau Please. We will all miss his effervescent personality here in the editorial team and on this podcast, and wish him the best in his endeavours! Meanwhile, we’ll be taking a break in July and will be back in August with Nicole in the co-host seat, bringing you an all-female crew and refreshing perspectives on all things food.

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