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Singapore has been sending teams of enforcement officers into people’s homes — without warrants or warning — to check they are abiding by social-distancing rules that only allow two visitors, according to reports.
Actor Nick Mikhail highlighted the searches by sharing surveillance footage showing six officers — including three uniformed cops — in his home speaking to his wife, who was home alone at the time, he said.
“Came in without [a] warrant,” he captioned the clip, saying he had sent the footage to his lawyer.
Amid outrage, Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) confirmed to Channel News Asia that officers had visited the house over “repeated complaints” from neighbors that people in the area had been “having gatherings with more than the permitted number of visitors.”
“Safe-distancing enforcement officers are empowered to enter, inspect and search various premises, including residences, without a warrant, to check whether the COVID-19 regulations are being complied with,” the agency insisted.
Singapore is under “heightened alert” from the pandemic with social gatherings limited to two people, and only two visitors allowed in each house in one day, The Straits Times has said.
In an update, Mikhail confirmed that he had been told that “they can come, they can enter” — but was angry that a male officer had at one point been alone with his wife out of camera view.
“They should have a female officer to be with my wife all the time,” he complained.
The URA insisted, however, that the actor’s wife had let them in and “the safe-distancing enforcement officers and police officers were polite towards the female occupant and treated her with respect throughout the inspection.”
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