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COVID-19: Workplaces to close by 7th April. Essential services allowed to operate.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long announced on 03 April 2020 about introducing new “circuit breaker” measures to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore. This comes shortly after the 5th COVID-19 related death was announced in the morning.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Singapore is now at 1049. 

The three new clusters confirmed include – Mustafa Centre, a construction site at Maxwell MRT station and Keppel Shipyard. 

Workplaces to close from 7th April 

Prime Minister noting that the new cases being linked to workplaces show that tighter measures have to take place to further contain the situation from spreading in workplaces. 

From 7th April all non-essential workplaces will be shut till the end of the month. All schools will start online learning from 8th April onwards. For parents that are working in essential services, special considerations will be implemented for home-based learning to still take place in school. 

The ministry will continue to work closely with parents, schools and businesses to support them as these new tighter measures are implemented. 

All essential services that will continue to operate: 

  • Healthcare and social services
  • Food-related services
  • Energy
  • Water and waste management and environmental services
  • Transportations storage logistics
  • Information and communication services
  • Security operations
  • Facilities management and critical public infrastructure
  • Manufacturing activities relating to security, sustenance and safety.
  • Banking and financial services
  • Hardware and software for repair and supply (e.g. vehicle repair may continue to operate with only core essential staff) 
  • All related supply chain to keep above services running will be allowed to continue running
  • Companies involved with global supply chain manufacturing (semiconductor)
  • The construction sector has been given a grace period to slowly wind down on operating activities.

For further assistance to Singapore businesses, the information will be updated at: www.covid.gobusiness.gov.sg

Further measures at food establishments 

All supermarket, wet market, hawker centre, food establishments will remain open. Food supply chains are intact and will continue to function smoothly. 

“For food establishments, hawker centres and coffee shops, the only change is no more dine-in. Takeaways will continue,” Trade and Industry Minister Mr Chan Chun Sing said.

These restrictions will be in place effective 7th April 2020. 

“For food establishments, hawker centres and coffee shops, the only change is no more dine-in. Takeaways will continue,” Mr Chan said.

“We are not at Dorscon Red”

The Health Minister also informs all Singaporeans to not panic as Singapore is not in DORSCON Red, and that the healthcare system is still able to handle the number of confirmed cases. 

“Let me say categorically that we are not in DORSCON Red and currently we are in DORSCON Orange. And all the measures that we mentioned, were measures that we can introduce during DORSCON Orange,” said Mr Gan. Health Minister Mr Gan Kim Yong said.

Reusable mask collection exercise 

During the press conference, the government also announced that masks will be distributed from this coming Sunday onwards. These are reusable masks that can be washed on a daily basis and used again the next day. 

All Singaporeans can collect the masks, distributions will start from Sunday 5th April 10am to 12th April. On weekdays community centres will be operating between 3pm – 9pm daily. During the weekend and public holidays, the centres will be open from 10am – 9pm. 

To find out details on where you can collect the masks, head to: www.maskgowhere.sg

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