Small pockets of people, including foreign workers, started trickling back to Little India on Saturday evening, two weeks after a violent riot broke out in the area.
It was a slight improvement from the earlier part of the day and last weekend when the authorities enforced a blanket ban on the sale and public consumption of alcohol in the area after the Dec 8 incident.
Police presence in the Indian enclave remained strong when The Sunday Times visited on Saturday in the late afternoon.
There were a few foreign workers but more started appearing in the area after 7pm.
Most of them were buying groceries or having their dinner at coffee shops and restaurants.
Despite the easing of limits on weekend alcohol sales in Little India, businesses believe fewer workers will come by on their day off.
The Banana Leaf Apolo restaurant in Race Course Road was about three-quarters filled at about 7pm. Several people were also seen drinking and watching TV at a coffee shop at the junction of Kerbau Road and Chander Road.
Some convenience and liquor shops, however, said business was just as bad as last weekend.