When the breaker ends on June 1, most of Singapore will continue to work from home.
Minister of Commerce and Industry, Chan Chun Sing, said on Sunday (May 3) that this should be the norm for the “foreseeable future”.
The companies were initially asked to reduce local activities before the circuit breaker was used. Before April 7, only about 30 percent of the workforce worked locally in Singapore.
During the circuit breaker, this value was reduced to around 17 percent, taking into account only those who provide essential services.
Many people who work from home have become accustomed to using online platforms for meetings and other work activities.
After the breaker closes, we should expect to go back to the previous level instead of going back to the offices entirely.
The COVID-19 task force for several ministries announced that some companies could be gradually reopened from May 12.
Mr. Chan added that the focus will be on "sectors that allow us to trade with the world and access critical supplies," such as manufacturing and manufacturing.
"When deciding which companies and sectors should resume business first, we will consider factors such as their importance to the economy, their contribution to local employment and the ability to minimize the risk of transmission at their workplaces," he said.
Some domestic companies, hairdressers, laundry services, selected grocery stores, pet food and supplies, and food manufacturers are also allowed to reopen.
Other companies like Social Entertainment Outlets may not be returning yet.
Companies that reopen must also take measures to ensure the safety of the work environment.
This includes safe distance measures in factories and offices, the division of personnel into teams and the use of technological solutions for the tracking and tracing of workers.
Companies should also ensure that employees avoid unnecessary mixing and interaction outside of work.
Although some sectors are reopening sooner than others, Chan said the ministries are turning to all companies to take safe measures.
"We want to give them time to plan and take the necessary measures so that they can implement the measures efficiently and effectively," he said.
There is currently no schedule for when all companies can return to normal operations.
However, if the task force is able to maintain "very small numbers in the spread of the community", it will "get more confidence to gradually develop more sectors".
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