In a joint statement by four government agencies on Saturday (April 25) – the Department of Commerce and Industry, the Department of Environment and Water Resources, the Housing Board and the Urban Redevelopment Authority – domestic companies are only allowed to continue working during the breaker period if they have determined Fulfill criteria.
These requirements include strict online operations without business owners or employees having to leave their homes.
Customers or third party delivery services may not pick up or deliver goods themselves.
If the type of domestic business did not meet the requirements, they would have to stop operating or risk being fined S $ 1,000 for an initial offense.
Repeat offenders face higher fines or criminal prosecution.
"During the circuit breaker period, privately owned and privately owned businesses can only operate if all criteria of the Department of Health guidelines and the latest provision of Covid 19 Law 2020 (temporary measures) are met," said the agencies who identified the need emphasize reducing human interaction to curb the spread of the virus.
Help for those owners who have lost their income
Some domestic food companies have raised concerns about tightening circuit breaker measures, especially those who have already taken orders for the upcoming Hari Raya celebrations.
In a Facebook post on Saturday, senior parliamentary secretary for social and family development, Faishal Ibrahim, said he was aware of the concerns of the food companies concerned at home.
“I understand that some orders have been accepted for Ramadan and Hari Raya and are affected by these measures. Indeed, this is a very difficult time for everyone, especially during this festive season, ”he said.
Homeowners whose income is affected by the circuit breaker can turn to a number of support initiatives, including: For example, the Temporary Aid Fund, the income support system for the self-employed and the special payment for workers.
A number of Malay and Muslim organizations also offer aid programs as part of the SGTeguhBersatu initiative, he added.
Affected companies can also apply for an exception here or contact HDB with questions.
Petition for HDB, MTI to revise the rules
Screenshot from change.org
Following this news, an online petition was issued asking HDB and MTI to revise these rules.
Instead of imposing bans and bans, the creator proposed ways for companies to align their business with the rules for circuit breakers.
As an example, she mentioned Grab that it was still able to operate and deliver food, albeit with restrictions.
She emphasized that the "same approach" can be followed for small F&B operations at home, adding that they must first comply with the food hygiene regulations set by the Singapore Food Agency and take social distancing measures when carrying out deliveries .
For pickups: This should be treated as an essential service so customers can pick up their groceries the same way they would go to the grocery store to buy their essentials, that is, alone, with a face mask and without unnecessary loitering. This is already part of the regulations for F&B companies that are allowed to continue operating.
Alternatively, sellers can call a GrabExpress at home to deliver their goodies to customers. In order not to violate social distancing efforts, mass deliveries should not be permitted. H. There can only be one deliverer at a destination.
Avoid personal business by leaving the parcels outside their homes as soon as they are notified of the arrival of the deliverer. To ensure that hygiene standards continue to be met, sellers must ensure that food is properly contained and sealed, on a raised surface, away from shoe racks, and anything else that is unsanitary.
After all, the food should not stay outside for more than a minute, so that sellers and deliverers must be in close correspondence by phone or text.
– Nadia Fae, creator of the Change.org petition to support companies based in their own country
The online petition is aimed at 75,000 supporters and over 60,000 people have already signed up. If you would also like to sign the petition, you can do so here.
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