If you tried ordering food last night, you will have noticed already – the haze in Singapore cracked down on the food delivery services. No matter whether you wanted to order via Food Panda or any other fast food deliveries service – all suspended deliveries for most parts of the island. The on-demand chef service Clubvivre.com remained unaffected though. Cooking at home suddenly became an option for many, as the unhealthy conditions due to the haze in Singapore made many people feel uneasy about going outside.
Although the haze situation appeared to have improved throughout last week, the 24. September brought a sudden backslash that resulted in the suspension of delivery services. Popular fast food chains informed customers in a statement that:
“Due to the current state of the haze, and to ensure the safety of our … riders, we will be halting all … orders until further notice. We regret any inconvenience caused and thank you for your kind understanding.”
Other food services, such as the on-demand chef platform Clubvivre.com, were not affected, as they don’t rely on motorcyclists. Hence, Clubvivre.com could maintain their service undisturbed, while not endangering any of their staff or customers.
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Singapore was suddenly hit by a worsened and denser haze condition on Thursday. Southerly winds from Sumatra brought this dense haze to Singapore and caused the 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) to range between 226-279. In the evening around 11pm the 3-hour PSI even reached 317, which is a very dangerous range.
Fast Food delivery services saw themselves under pressure to act in order to ensure the safety of their drivers. The reaction of the public was for the most part extremely positive. The service of food delivery resumed this morning (25. September), as the 3-hour PSI in Singapore had suddenly dropped back to 126. The 24-hour PSI however remains in a very hazardous range – between 248-306.
Cafes and Restaurants
If the haze does not improve over the next days, many delivery services will consider to continue these measurements for safety reasons. Furthermore, many cafes and restaurants were affected by the haze in Singapore as well – especially those with an outside terrace and seating areas. The same holds for food courts and Hawker centres around the island. Many stall owners could sense a sudden decrease in customers, as many citizens felt reluctant to dine in the open and preferred to eat at home.
The haze in Singapore seems to impact a wide range of food businesses and will continue to do so in the next days. The Ministry of Healthy and other organisations advice to take precaution.
Similar to cafes and restaurants, other outside activities are affected heavily. For example, the Sports Hub has taken precaution and suspended all outside activities until further notice. The Sports Hub even informs on its website that the upcoming ST Run might be in danger, if the situation doesn’t improve – “Hub 2015 will be monitoring the haze situation closely ahead of Sunday’s scheduled run.”