Lion dance 'cai qing' performances not allowed in condos during Chinese New Year

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A lion dance performer performing a
A lion dance performer performing a "cai qing" ritual. (PHOTO: Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Lion dance performances involving the ritual of "cai qing" will not be allowed in condominiums in Singapore during the upcoming Chinese New Year period.

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) said in a circular published on Tuesday (25 January) that the ban includes the common areas as well as the inside units of the condominiums.

The "cai qing" ritual is a popular performance during the Chinese New Year period among businessmen and home owners, as it symbolises good luck and fortune. It involves the lion dance troupe members plucking a vegetable, usually a head of lettuce, on the home or business premises.

Lion and dragon dance performances are allowed in selected venues such as community centres, places of worship and as part of work-related events. Those involved in the performances will have to abide by safe management measures (SMMs).

Premises reminded to ensure all visitors' particulars are recorded

In the circular, BCA reminded management corporations of premises to implement SMMs, with the expected increase in visitations during the Chinese New Year period.

It added that the management corporations should ensure that particulars of all visitors are recorded, and that surveillance at the common areas is stepped up. Posters and notices reminding residents to comply with SMMs should be displayed at prominent places.

The multi-ministerial taskforce for COVID-19 announced last week that, during the Chinese New Year period, social gatherings of up to five people are allowed. Also, each household may receive up to five distinct visitors per day.

Singapore reported 4,560 new community COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. About 65 per cent of the new cases, or 2,983, were detected by antigen rapid tests, indicating that they had no symptoms or only mild symptoms.

It also reported a weekly infection growth rate of 2.50, meaning that it is taking less than one week for case numbers to double.

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