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Updated as of 6 ​Ju​ly 2020

SINGAPORE

​LATEST CIRCUIT BREAKER UPDATES

COMMENCEMENT OF PHASE 2 OF CIRCUIT BREAKER EASING MEASURES

The multi-ministry task force announced that Singapore would reopen in, 3 phases – termed SAFE REOPENING, SAFE TRANSITION and SAFE NATION. Singapore exited a two-month-long "circuit breaker" designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 on Jun 1. Phase 2 of the country's reopening will start on Jun 19, the COVID-19 multi-ministry task force announced on Jun 15. Community infection rates have remained generally stable despite the increase in workplace activity in Phase 1 of reopening. The incidence of cases in migrant worker dormitories has also declined, and there are no new large clusters

emerging.

WHAT WILL RESUME OR OPEN IN PHASE 2?

  • Small-group social gatherings of up to any five people can resume. Within the home, households may receive up to five visitors at any one time.

  • Retail businesses may reopen their physical outlets.

  • Food and beverage dine-in will be allowed, with up to five people allowed to sit together. Tables must be spaced one metre apart. Outlets will have to cease liquor sales and consumption at 10.30pm. Live music, as well as television and video screenings will not be allowed in all F&B outlets at this stage.

  • Tuition and other private enrichment classes can resume, with the exception of singing or voice training classes.

  • Personal health and wellness, and home-based services will be allowed to resume.

  • Registered clubs and societies will be allowed to operate at their registered premises.

  • All other healthcare services, including eldercare services in the community, individual health screenings will resume.

  • Aesthetic services will resume.

  • Face-to-face visitations at residential facilities for the elderly, including nursing homes, welfare homes, sheltered homes and adult disability homes, will resume.

  • Playgrounds, beaches, lawns and fields, stadia, swimming complexes, sports halls, hard courts, gyms, fitness studios, bowling centres and function rooms will open. This also applies to similar facilities in private settings such as condominiums and clubs.

  • Larger public venues with high human traffic such as malls and large standalone retail outlets will be subject to capacity limits, and operators will be required to prevent crowds or long queues from building up within and in the immediate vicinity of their premises.

  • Congregational and other worship services may resume from Jun 26 - starting with up to 50 people at a time - in Phase 2 of Singapore's post-"circuit breaker" reopening. 

  • Cinemas in Singapore can reopen from Jul 13, with up to 50 patrons in each cinema hall among other safe distancing measures. Up to five people who are friends or family may sit together in cinemas without the 1m safe distancing requirement.  However, different groups of patrons must comply with the 1 metre safe distancing requirement. All patrons must wear a mask at all times, even inside the cinema hall, except when consuming food and drink.

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GRADUAL EASING OF CIRCUIT BREAKER MEASURES IN 3 PHASES FROM 2 JUNE.

Singapore's circuit breaker measures have shown promise in bringing down the number of COVID-19 cases in the local community, and the country is on track to further ease the restrictions after 1 June 2020.  The task force will be reopen the economy in 3 phases – termed SAFE REOPENING, SAFE TRANSITION and SAFE NATION.  Phase 1 alone will see about 75% of the economy resuming operations. Thereafter, MOH will continue to monitor the situation, particularly over the first two weeks of June. If the community transmission – if infection rates over these two weeks remain low and stable – MOH will decide by the middle of June on whether it is safe to move to Phase 2; and that means Phase 2 could happen before the end of June.

Phase One (“Safe Re-opening”) 

Phase One will be implemented from 2 June 2020. Economic activities that do not pose high risk of transmission will be first to resume. But social, economic and entertainment activities that carry higher risk will remain closed. Everyone should continue to leave home only for essential activities, and should wear a mask when doing so. As seniors are a particularly vulnerable group, they should continue to stay at home as much as possible. As more people return to work and school, we must ensure that we conduct these activities safely, to minimise the risk of community transmission. 

a. Safe Work

  • Besides the essential businesses that are already operating, Singaporeans will be gradually allowed to return to work, starting with businesses that operate in settings with lower transmission risks
  • Most manufacturing companies can resume full production, subject to the issued guidelines set for the manufacturing sector. 
  • Most offices can also re-open, but with tele-commuting adopted to the maximum extent. Those who have been working from home so far should continue to do so, and employees should go to the office only where it is demonstrably necessary. For example to access specialised systems / equipment that cannot be accessed from home, or to fulfil legal requirements (eg. to complete contracts or transactions). 
  • Employers must put in place and enforce safe management measures at the workplace, and employees must adhere strictly to them. Checks will be conducted. Businesses whose employers do not provide a safe workplace, or whose workers do not adhere to safe management measures, will have to close their workplaces. 
  • Most retail outlets and other personal services will not re-open in Phase One. Dining in at F&B outlets will continue to be disallowed. 
  • Only selected services, namely, motor vehicle servicing, air-con servicing, basic pet services, school bookshops and retail shops selling school uniforms, will be allowed to resume. Hairdressers and barbers will also be allowed to resume offering all hairdressing services, beyond basic haircut services. 
  • All home-based businesses that operate using a delivery / collection model will also be allowed to resume.

b. Safe School

  • Preschools will gradually re-open by levels from 2 June 2020, with full resumption by 10 June 2020, so that young children can be cared for safely while their parents return to work. 

  • Students from graduating cohorts at primary and secondary levels will attend school daily, while other cohorts will rotate weekly, alternating between Home-Based Learning (HBL) and returning to school for lessons. 

  • Junior Colleges and Millennia Institute will arrange to have half of their students back in school at any one time. Students in the Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) whose terms are in session will be able to return to campus for practical and lab-based sessions, with lectures remaining online. 

  • All staff and students will be required to wear masks or face shields when in school or on campus. Further details will be provided by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the respective educational institutions. 

  • Co-Curricular Activities, enrichment activities and tuition will not resume as they encourage mingling across classes and schools. 

  • Student Care Centres will fully re-open on 2 June 2020, along with the re-opening of schools.

c. Safe Care

  • Healthcare services such as specialist outpatient services, medical procedures, allied health services, community-based services, and chronic disease management will resume, prioritised by healthcare providers based on medical necessity and available capacity while maintaining appropriate safe distancing and precautionary measures. 
  • Some examples include surgeries for advanced cataracts, joint surgeries for patients with severe impairment, cancer screening and surveillance services including scopes for high-risk groups, ongoing dental procedures with guidance to minimise aerosol-generation, and diabetic foot screening. Preventive health services, such as flu vaccinations, will recommence. Complementary healthcare services will resume for one-to-one sessions and by appointment, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) needle acupuncture will be allowed for all conditions. 
  • The current measures limiting the scope of senior services and senior-centric activities will remain, in order to protect our seniors. However, Senior Activity Centres will gradually resume some activities in a safe and controlled manner to address the psychosocial well-being of seniors with little or no social support. 
  • Community-based centre services for persons with disabilities will also gradually re-open to serve those who need the services, with safe distancing measures in place. Activities, where needed, will be held in smaller groups, and persons who have medical conditions are encouraged to remain at home to receive home-based support. 
  • Staff will continue to adhere to necessary precautions including the wearing of masks, maintaining good personal hygiene and ensuring regular cleaning of activity equipment and shared spaces. Further details will be provided by the respective agencies and centres. 

d. Safe Home and Community

  • Each household will be allowed to visit their parents or grandparents staying elsewhere. Each receiving household should limit such visits to only one per day, and to not more than two persons who must be from the same visiting household. 

  • As part of this policy, dropping off children at parents’ and grandparents’ homes for childcare will also be allowed, subject to the same limit of two visitors from the same visiting household per day. This is on top of the existing provisions for informal childcare arrangements for essential workers. All members of both households must observe good hygiene practices during the visit. 

  • Foreign domestic workers should stay at home during Phase One, including on their rest days. They will be able to go out to run essential errands and buy meals, but should return home immediately thereafter. 

  • Marriage solemnisations will be allowed to take place in-person again, involving up to 10 persons. Places of worship can re-open for private worship, with up to five members of the same household praying together at any one time. 

  • Families can continue to gather for wakes and funerals, with no more than 10 persons at any one time. Other non-essential activities and social gatherings will remain prohibited, as these will invariably bring together more people from different households, undermining efforts to keep our families safe. 

  • While commuting on public transport, masks must be worn and avoid talking while maintaining good personal hygiene.

  • Sports and recreation facilities will remain closed.

TRAVEL AND PERSONAL PREVENTIVE ADVICE

 In view of the heightened risk of further importation of COVID-19 to Singapore:

  • MOH advises Singaporeans to defer all overseas travel.

  • Be socially responsible. See and doctor and stay at home if you are not feeling well.

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 30 seconds or use an alcohol based hand sanitiser.

  • Wear a mask if you leave your home and at home as well should you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.

  • In case of symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, either during or after travel, wear a surgical mask, seek medical attention, and share your travel history with your healthcare provider.

  • Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately.

  • When issued a medical leave by your GP for respiratory symptoms, be sure to stay home. Mixing in large crowds, or continuing to go to work or school when ill, even with mild symptoms, will allow potential community transmission of viral infections to take place.

  • Persons on Leave of Absence (LOA) should be socially responsible and comply with the LOA. They should remain in their residences as much as possible, minimise having visitors and maintain good records of persons with whom they come into close contact.  Persons on LOA may leave their residences for daily necessities or to attend important matters, but they must minimise time spent in public spaces and contact with others.

  • Persons on Stay-home-notice (SHN) MUST remain in their place of residence at all times during the 14-day period, even if it is to purchase food and essentials. If necessary, they may opt for home delivery services or enlist the assistance of others for their daily necessities. They should minimise contact with others, and avoid having visitors to their residence. They should maintain a record of persons they come into close contact with during this period. At all times, they should monitor their health closely, ie. twice daily for fever (ie. ≥ 38°C) and respiratory symptoms such as cough and breathlessness.

  • Consider getting the Influenza Vaccination: Although it does NOT confer protection against COVID-19, it would minimise chance of you contracting influenza symptoms that would result in unnecessary anxiety.

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