Man and wife get warning letter for visiting his mum in Jurong West -- after he calls police for family dispute

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A couple was issued a warning letter from the police for not complying with safe distancing measures after visiting the man's mother at her home in Jurong West on Apr 11.

Several Stompers alerted Stomp to a photo circulating online of the letter, giving the false impression that police proactively conduct checks at residential units to enforce safe distancing measures. This is not true.

The police clarified in a statement on Tuesday (Apr 14) that the man had called the police for assistance for a family dispute and police officers responded to the case at a residential unit at Jurong West Avenue 1 on Apr 11 at about 9.55pm.

"During the engagement, the police officers discovered that there was a gathering of family members, in particular two who were not from the household living in that residential unit," the statement said.

"These two were the man who had called for police assistance, and his wife."

The family living in the unit included the man's mother, his uncle and other family members with whom his mother lives.

"The police officers, therefore, issued a warning to the couple who was not residing there and was not there for an essential purpose, for not complying with the elevated safe distancing measures under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020," the police said.

The police urge the public not to spread unsubstantiated information which may cause public alarm.

They do not proactively conduct checks at residential units specifically to enforce these measures.

Nonetheless, if the police come across anyone flouting elevated safe distancing measures when attending to other types of incidents at residential units reported by the public, such as the case of family dispute mentioned above, the police will take enforcement action.