Fireworks lighting up the city skyline during the Marina Bay New Year's Eve countdown last year. There will be no such display at Marina Bay this year, but they will dazzle the skies in HDB towns like Bishan and Bedok instead. Residents are encouraged to catch the fireworks from home as the displays will be live-streamed.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

There will be no fireworks at this year’s Marina Bay New Year’s Eve countdown but Singaporeans can still catch them at 11 locations in the heartland to usher in 2021.

Part of year-end events organised by the People’s Association (PA), fireworks displays will take place in Housing Board towns like Bedok, Tampines, Bishan and Yew Tee, and be live-streamed on the Facebook pages of the constituencies.

In a statement yesterday, PA said the virtual programmes bring year-end festivities to families “in a safe way”, allowing everyone to enjoy the programmes in the comfort of their homes.

“As 2020 comes to a close and we approach phase three of re-opening, we need to remain vigilant particularly during festive periods,” said the association.

Two of the year-end virtual programmes are taking place this Sunday. Another 12 will be held on New Year’s Eve, and the remaining two on New Year’s Day.

Highlights include Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC’s Virtual Countdown 2021 on Dec 31 from 10.30pm, featuring local artistes like Sezairi, MICappella, TheLionCityBoy and The Lorong Boys.

Those living in Clementi can ring in 2021 with a workout on Jan 1 during the constituency’s sports-themed morning programme that starts at 9am. The afternoon segment, starting at 2pm, features local singers and bands.

Besides Bedok, Tampines, Bishan and Yew Tee, the seven other HDB towns with displays of fireworks are: Boon Lay, Geylang, Hougang, Jurong, the Nanyang ward in West Coast GRC, Tiong Bahru and Woodlands.

PA did not provide specific vantage points to watch the fireworks as residents are encouraged to do so from home since the displays will be live-streamed.

As 2020 comes to a close and we approach phase three of reopening, we need to remain vigilant particularly during festive periods.

People’s Association

A PA spokesman said safe management measures will be in place at display sites to ensure public safety.

“We are working with relevant authorities and will be deploying safe distancing ambassadors to remind residents not to gather and to ensure safety at the respective sites,” he said.

Yew Tee resident Chan Cui Si, who is in her 50s, said that, if possible, she would try to catch the display from her flat.

“Without knowing where the focal point of the display is, leaving the house might be futile,” said the housewife, who added that an open area in the neighbourhood was crowded during a similar event on National Day, making the viewing experience an unpleasant one.

Those hoping to revel in New Year festivities in the city can head to Marina Bay for two light shows, one of which has been going on since the beginning of the month. Details are available at marinabaycountdown.gov.sg.

Text: Ng Keng Gene/The Straits Times