2,500 stalls earn SG Clean certification for new hygiene standards
国家环境局上个月启动“新加坡保洁运动”，设定了“SG Clean”质量标准，鼓励各行各业维持各自场所的干净与卫生，尤其是人流量高的地点。截至本月6日，已有13个小贩中心、52家咖啡店，以及2083个小贩摊位和389个咖啡店摊位获得“SG Clean”贴纸。
我有信心，只要我们继续努力，将能为个人和社区树立新的行为标准，这从长远而言，将对我们有益。副总理兼财政部长 – 王瑞杰
New guidelines to raise hygiene and cleaning standards at hawker stalls are fast taking hold across the island.
The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said yesterday that about 2,100 hawker and market stalls and 400 coffee shop stalls have earned the new SG Clean certification that shows they have met the new standards.
Certification means they have set up processes to ensure that food preparation areas and equipment are sanitised, waste is handled properly and systems are in place to monitor staff health.
The SG Clean campaign was started on Feb 16 to raise cleanliness and safeguard public health amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Eight stalls and one coffee shop in Tampines were given their SG Clean labels by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and Tampines GRC MP Cheng Li Hui yesterday.
Mr Heng, who is also Finance Minister and an MP for Tampines GRC, said: “When residents feel comfortable that there is a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene, they will come out and lead (their) lives as normally as possible.”
Enhanced hygiene standards should not just be a temporary response to the Covid-19 crisis, but become a new norm. “We should take this opportunity to raise our standards of cleanliness and hygiene in our neighbourhood and Singapore, keep ourselves a nice, sparkling, clean place in the midst of all these concerns around the world, ” he said.
Mr Ng Gan Poh, 29, who works at one of the stalls that received the certification yesterday, said: “It is for our customers’ safety. We can prevent food poisoning too, not just the virus.”
Mr Heng and Ms Cheng also gave out care packages to about a dozen cleaners in the area as a token of appreciation for their services.
A Tampines Town Council spokesman said: “Since Covid-19, our cleaners have been stepping up their efforts… All these measures double their hard work, and they are also more exposed to risk of the virus, so we want to show them our appreciation.”
Ms Cheng added: “We need the cooperation of all stakeholders, such as members of the public and the business community, to safeguard our public health. When our residents play their part, the cleaners can focus on cleaning and sanitising frequently touched areas to keep us safe.”