On a recent outing, curious onlookers stopped to watch Spot as the four-legged invention passed by and snap pictures on their phones.
Gu Feng Min, a visitor from China out for a walk, said the robot was “cute” and useful as a way to “determine how crowded the place is”.
Others had misgivings, however.
“I think it’s really going to be chilling in a way — something is looking around and I’m not sure how it’s going to react to me when I go near it,” local resident Simon Neo told AFP.
Singapore authorities have played down privacy concerns, saying Spot’s cameras cannot track or recognize specific individuals and no personal data will be collected.
The city-state has reported over 29,000 virus cases, mostly among migrant workers living in dormitories, and 22 deaths.