Malaysia has announced on 16 March 2020 that it will restrict all movement throughout the country from 18 to 31 March to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within Malaysia. Flow of goods, cargo, and food supplies between Singapore and Malaysia will continue.

Singapore has a robust strategy to ensure we do not run out of essentials. Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing shared that the Government has been working with essential firms such as NTUC Fairprice, Sheng Siong and Dairy Farm International to increase our stock of food and essential supplies over the last two months.

Chan Chun Sing Facebook post on 16 Mar 2020 

(Screenshot of Minister Chan Chun Sing's Facebook post, 16 Mar)

While Singapore is not facing any shortages, do continue to purchase your groceries and household items in a responsible manner, and purchase only what you need. There is no need to panic buy.

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[9 Feb] After MOH raised the risk assessment to DORSCON Orange, there were reports of people clearing out food and household items at supermarkets.

Photos circulated online, of temporarily empty shelves.

Even though the status was moved up to DORSCON Orange, there was no need to rush to stock up on essential supplies. DORSCON Orange means that additional precautionary measures to minimise the risk of further transmission of the virus are introduced.

Singapore is not running into a shortage of essential food or household items. Stocks are available in warehouses, and stores have been replenishing their stocks. The Government also has a national stockpile for essential items.

Even with increased demand, supermarkets are ramping up their replenishment of high demand products. There are sufficient supplies of food, and supermarkets have been restocking their shelves.

Our supply chains are intact and there has been no disruption to Singapore’s imports.