By 2 June, Singapore’s circuit breaker period will come to an end. The circuit breaker, which began in early April, was implemented as a measure to combat the effects and spread of COVID-19 which had struck the city state particularly hard during that time. As the nation enters Phase 1 of the post-circuit breaker period, most might be wondering what can and cannot be done under the new regulations. While more business and activities will be gradually allowed, some restrictions will continue to be in place.
Workers on the other hand can return to the workplace if their company is on a list of businesses permitted to resume operations from 2 June, and if the employers have put appropriate safety and hygiene measures in place. However, the government still advises companies to perform telecommuting where possible.
Bubble tea became a nationwide phenomenon in Singapore some time back and most are likely to be itching to get their hands on this beloved beverage. Unfortunately, most beverage outlets are still not allowed to reopen during the post-circuit breaker period.
People still may not visit friends during the recovery period. However, visitations to close family are allowed. Additionally, deferment of all overseas travel is still in place.
Sports, recreation and outdoor facilities such as gyms and fitness studios will remain closed in Phase 1. Sports facilities will gradually be allowed to reopen in Phase 2. While it is not encouraged, individuals may leave home to walk, run, cycle or engage in other similar exercise alone or only with members living in the same household. They should do so in their immediate neighbourhoods.
Singaporeans will also be able to access various healthcare services from 2 June onwards, but patients with more urgent needs will be prioritised. For hospital-based care, specialist outpatient services, medical procedures and allied health services for patients with higher needs will resume.
Government service centres related to issues such as housing, employment passes, and taxes are also set to reopen from 2 June onwards. However, they will resume services only by appointment. The rest of the government service centres will remain closed.