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Apple Jewel Changi Airport during circuit breaker

"These photos were taken during circuit breaker period in May and June 2020. It shows an empty Changi Airport terminal 3, empty Jewel (in the night and day). Description/Story: From April to June 2020, the Singapore government imposed the circuit breaker in order to stop the covid 19 virus from spreading. As a result, residents were only allowed to go out for essential services such as food. On 16 May, I went to Jewel to buy back dinner. I walked through Terminal 3 in order to get to Jewel and was able to capture the empty airport. Inside T3, the normal busy check in counters were deserted and there wasn't a single soul in sight. All flights to and from Singapore were grounded. The sight broke my heart; seeing our world class airport deserted. At Jewel, the mall was empty. Restaurants were still open for business but with very few customers. I was able to grab dinner at A&W without having to queue. The famous indoor waterfall - the HSBC Rain Vortex was switched off. It made sense, as there were barely any visitors to the airport. After collecting my takeaway dinner, I headed home, while feeling a sense of sadness. As a kid, I used to enjoy watching planes take off from the viewing gallery. Covid 19 taught us not to take for granted simple moments like this. As I write this, I don't know when we will be able to see planes taking off again, but I am confident that whatever comes our way, Singapore is well able to overcome it. :) "--Contributed by Regina Chan, as part of the "Documenting COVID-19 in Singapore" collection community call. This photograph shows Apple Jewel Changi Airport. The Apple store is closed during the circuit breaker period. Additional description by Library staff. Title devised by Library staff.

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All rights reserved. Regina Chan, 2020

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