Updated 28 May 2020
The Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced on 19 May 2020 that Singapore will exit the Circuit Breaker when it ends on 1 June, and embark on a three-phased approach to resume activities safely.
While new daily cases would likely increase once activities resume, the Government will continue to detect and contain cases quickly to prevent new clusters from forming.
Here’s what you need to know about the three phases:
From 2 Jun 2020, Singapore will gradually re-open economic activities that do not pose high risk of transmission. Social, economic and entertainment activities with a higher risk will remain closed.
Everyone should continue to leave home only for essential activities, and wear a mask when doing so. Seniors should continue to stay at home. Here’s what you need to know:
More Singaporeans will be allowed to go back to work, starting with businesses that operate in settings with lower risks of transmission. Employees who can telecommute or work from home should continue to do so. Some services will also be allowed to reopen – these include motor vehicle servicing, aircon servicing, basic pet services, and hairdressers or barbers offering all services.
Most retail outlets, dining at F&B outlets and other personal services will not resume operations in this phase.
Each household can visit their parents or grandparents staying elsewhere. However, all households are to limited one visit per day, and not more than two persons who must be from the same visiting household. Dropping off children at parents’ and grandparents’ homes for childcare will be allowed.
Marriage solemnisations, funerals and wakes can resume with a maximum of 10 persons. Places of worship are re-open for private worship only.
As we should continue to limit contact with others outside of household members, non-essential activities and social gatherings will continue to be prohibited.
Primary and Secondary school students who are in graduating cohorts will attend school daily, while other cohorts will rotate weekly between Home-Based Leaning and returning to school for lessons. All will be required to wear masks or face shields when in school or campus. Student Care Centres will resume, and preschools will reopen gradually.
Co-curricular activities, enrichment activities and tuition will not resume, as these activities encourage mingling across classes and schools.
Healthcare services, preventive health services, and one-to-one sessions for complementary healthcare services will resume.
All other senior-centric activities will remain suspended to protect our seniors. However, Senior Activity Centres will resume gradually to help seniors with little or no social support.
Phase Two: Safe Transition
The Government will carefully monitor the effects of increased activity in Phase One, and if the community infection rates remain low and stable over the subsequent two weeks, Phase Two could happen before the end of June.
In Phase Two, more activities will resume. Almost the entire economy will re-open, subject to safe management measures being in place.
Masks will remain compulsory whenever outside one’s home.
The following activities will resume:
For higher-risk activities – which typically involve large numbers of people interacting with one another, often in enclosed space, and for prolonged periods of time – the Government will be engaging businesses and organisations on how and when they may resume safely, with the necessary safe management measures and safeguards.
Depending on the COVID-19 situation and the Government’s risk assessment, the measures (e.g. on the size of gatherings) will continue to be eased gradually until we reach a new normal in Phase Three.
Phase Three: Safe Nation
In this phase, Singapore would have reached a new normal. We will likely remain at this state until an effective vaccine or treatment is developed. It is expected that:
Resuming activities safely
As more people will be taking public transport, maintaining physical distancing between commuters will be difficult, especially during peak periods. Commuters should play their part by wearing masks, refrain from talking, and maintain good personal hygiene.
Singapore will gradually re-open our borders to conduct essential activities overseas, and to allow safe travel for foreigners entering or transiting Singapore. This will be done in a careful manner with the necessary precautions and safeguards.
The Government will continue to build capabilities so Singapore can move into the next phase, or ease measures within each phase. This includes:
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