With most of the world under some form of lockdown, it’s been a strange time for a lot of people. Governments have been trying to avoid the negative connotations of the word “Lockdown” and have come up with creative terms and acronyms to describe this. We hear of “Shelter At Home”, “Movement Control Order” and the most unusual term used by the Singapore government; “Circuit Breaker”.
Singapore’s “Circuit Breaker” is really a soft lockdown, where while schools, shops, restaurants and most businesses are closed, we still are allowed go out of our homes for essential tasks and to exercise without extreme restrictions. For most people cooped up at home most of the day due to Work From Home and Home Based Learning for school children, cabin fever can be a stress point for many people. So in the evening, you will find more people than usual exercising in the parks. I’ve never seen so many people suddenly taking a collective interest in jogging. It was a also time for me to catch up on my cycling and get some exercise while keeping to social distancing requirements.
With the massive drop in economic activities and vehicle traffic, the most busy and iconic parts of Singapore have become a post-apocalyptic ghost town, much like many of the other cities in the world. So it was a breeze to cycle from my home to Marina Bay via Orchard Road one evening. These 2 areas are the most popular parts of Singapore with tourists and locals crowding every square meter on a normal day. Cycling through the now empty and silent streets was at times surreal and eerie. Here are some photos I took along the ride.