Newton Meals Centre will likely be closed for “Repairs and Redecoration” works for 3 months from 1 Nov 2022 to 31 Jan 2023. The transfer is a part of a pre-planned upkeep and modernisation initiative by the Hawker Centres Group (HCG) of the Nationwide Surroundings Company (NEA).
The HCG manages 115 markets and hawker centres and regulates their tenancies and public well being elements. Whereas 3 months could appear extreme, it’s the usual interval of closure for Repairs and Redecoration (R&R) Works by the NEA.
Whereas the continuous upgradation course of is clearly a constructive transfer in the long run, 3 months does appear excessively lengthy. The transfer could also be notably troublesome for hawkers proper on the heels of the downturn within the F&B sector attributable to the Covid pandemic.
It’s unclear if or how hawker stall operators will maintain themselves for 1 / 4 of the yr with none enterprise. Though in a roundabout way associated to this closure, the federal government’s Small Enterprise Restoration Grant (SBRG) might assist some offset the shortage of earnings.
This scheme, which is open to all companies in sectors affected by COVID-19 Protected Administration Measures provides S$1,000 for every native worker with necessary CPF contributions within the interval from 1 November 2021 to 31 December 20213, as much as a cap of S$10,000 per agency. One spherical of SBRG funds to eligible companies was made in in June 2022 and one other will observe in November 2022.
In case you are hungry and within the space, the closest meals centre is at Cambridge Street Blk 41A (Pek Kio Market and Meals Centre).
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