|House rules on mural at 2 hawker centres|
We agree with the writers who raised the point that graciousness and civic-mindedness can help address the practice of seat reservation and encourage the sharing of tables at food outlets.
For hawker centres, the National Environment Agency (NEA) does not have any restrictions against patrons who reserve seats.
However, patrons should always exercise consideration for others when dining at hawker centres and sharing the facilities.
For example, one could politely ask if it is possible to share a table, and not reserve seats beforehand or unnecessarily.
If one is at a table with more seats than needed, the extra seats should be offered to others and the table should be shared.
In this way, all of us would be able to enjoy our meals in a pleasant environment.
Our hawker centres at Our Tampines Hub and Tiong Bahru Market have introduced a set of "house rules", which include "Don't Chope Seats" and "Share the Table".
These house rules are prominently featured in the centres as a constant visual reminder to patrons, and to motivate patrons to be considerate while dining at the hawker centres.
We will continue to encourage patrons at these hawker centres to observe these house rules, and extend the same messages to our other hawker centres where possible.
Ivy Ong (Ms)
Director, Hawker Centres Division
National Environment Agency