Good news: Singapore will not extend its breaker this time and is expected to close on June 1st as planned.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) announced today (May 19) in a joint media statement that the measures for circuit breakers will be phased out in three phases.
First phase: "Safe reopening"
Since the risk of transmission through the community remains high, the government will initially resume economic activities that are not at high risk of transmission.
In addition to the main companies that are already active, companies that operate in environments with lower transmission risks may also be opened.
In general, the following sectors may resume operations from June 2:
- Manufacturing and production
- Financing and insurance
- Wholesale (excluding retail stores)
- Transport and Storage
- Professional services
Most manufacturing activities can resume full production if they can implement the guidelines set for the manufacturing industry.
Nevertheless, the authorities emphasized that telepending has to be used to the “maximum extent”.
Those who have previously worked from home should continue to do so, and employees should only go to the office if it can be demonstrated that this is necessary.
Only those who need machines or specialized terminals can return to the office, as well as those who need to fill out legal documents.
Hairdressers and hairdressers are allowed to resume all services that go beyond basic haircut services.
All domestic companies that work with a delivery or collection model can also be resumed.
Other services that can be resumed include automobile maintenance, air conditioning maintenance, printing, basic pet services, school bookstores, and retail stores that sell school uniforms.
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The schools will also be gradually reopened by levels and fully resumed by June 10th. In primary and secondary schools, those in final cohorts attend school daily, while the rest change weekly.
Places of worship may be opened next month, but only for private services with up to 10 people. The services of the Congregation will not be resumed.
Social gatherings are still prohibited, although an exception is made for people visiting their parents or grandparents. Siblings are not allowed to visit each other.
Each receiving household should limit such visits to only one per day and to no more than two people who must come from the same visiting household.
This means that childcare is allowed, even though seniors shouldn't go out.
Eating in grocery and beverage stores is still prohibited. Sports and leisure facilities are also closed.
Second phase: "Safe transition"
In the second phase, people can gradually resume more social activities.
Additional companies can be reopened, including teaching and enrichment centers, gyms, and gyms. However, employers must take safe distance measures and ensure that those who can work from home continue to do so.
Small social gatherings and dinners in grocery and beverage stores could also be allowed at this stage.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said that the second phase involves several steps and could take several months.
Depending on how the Covid-19 situation develops, measures will be eased further until the country reaches the third and final phase.
Third phase: "Safe Nation"
In the third phase, Singapore will move to a “new normal” until a vaccine is found.
At this point, social, cultural, religious and business gatherings are expected to take place again. However, there are restrictions on collecting sizes.
The same applies to services and activities where there is long-term close contact, e.g. B. massages, or a significant crowd management risk in an enclosed space, e.g. B. in cinemas.
In public transportation where it is difficult to maintain physical distance, commuters must wear masks and not speak.
National Development Secretary Lawrence Wong said that while some may be disappointed that after the breaker closes, they will no longer be free to go out and make contacts, but the reopening must be done carefully.
"We have to do this carefully and calibrated, because we don't want to risk viruses flaring up." And most of all, we don't want to sacrifice the efforts we all made to control the outbreak, ”he said.
He added that the government will continue to support companies and workers who cannot open on June 2.
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