Stay up to date with all the businesses, services and activities that will resume during Phase 1 as Singapore exits the circuit breaker.
It’s official: We’re gearing towards phase one of the post-circuit breaker from 2 June 2020. Ever since the government announced the end of the circuit breaker, there’s been a debate on whether there is a difference to begin with.
If you’re still confused, just remember you can only partake in activities that don’t have a high risk of transmission. To make things easier for everyone, we’ve summarised all the things you can and cannot do during phase one.
Can I finally meet my colleagues and go back to the office?
Unless your company is an essential business or falls under the list of permitted services with safe management measures in place, it’s telecommuting for the rest of us. Check with your HR for company updates or refer to this list of permitted services. Those currently working from home should continue to do so.
Can I visit my extended family?
Family gatherings or paktor outings with your SO is still a big no-no. What you can do is visit your parents and grandparents. However, it’s only limited to one visit per day with not more than two people from the same household.
What’s open for business?
Dining in and shopping at your favourite boutiques will have to wait as these will not re-open in phase one. But F&B and home-based business offering takeaway and delivery services will continue. FYI: Outlets solely selling beverages (like bubble tea) will still be closed.
Only selected activities including all hairdressing (yes, beyond a basic haircut), motor vehicle servicing, aircon servicing and basic pet grooming services will be allowed to resume.
What about healthcare services including TCM and dentists?
Aside from essential healthcare services, others such as specialist outpatient services, medical procedures, and chronic disease management will resume. Those with more pressing medical needs will be prioritised.
Traditional and complementary services including TCM needle acupuncture, ayurvedic, chiropractic, osteopathic treatments, as well as selected dental procedures and orthodontic treatments are also given the green light.
How about sports facilities, places of worship, schools and other areas within the community?
Sports and recreation facilities including gyms will remain closed. However, you can continue to exercise at the park or park connector within your neighbourhood.
Places of worship will be open for private worship for up to five people from the same household. Solemnisations can be held with up to 10 people. Funerals or wakes can continue to have 10 family members or friends at any one time.
Preschools will gradually reopen by levels from 2 June, with kids in kindergarten returning on 2 June, nursery children returning on 8 June, and infant care and playgroup tots on 10 June, respectively.
Primary and secondary school, junior college and Millennia Institute students in graduating cohorts will return to school daily while others will alternate between Home-Based Learning (HBL) and going back to school. Students from Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) will return solely for practical and lab sessions.
Government service centres dealing with issues such as housing, employment passes and taxes will be open by appointment only.
Keep calm and do not be complacent
It goes without saying that the above businesses, schools and clinics should maintain appropriate safe distancing and adhere to the precautionary measures. There may be a spike in the number of cases as we gradually ease the circuit breaker measures, but don’t panic. Continue to practice social distancing and good personal hygiene, leave your house only when necessary and always wear a mask. FYI: The government is distributing improved reusable masks from 26 May to 14 June 2020. More info on where to redeem your mask here.