Mark your cals for 19 June! Phase 2 officially begins and we’ve got more businesses, restaurants, services and activities resuming.
Finally, some good news! After living in limbo during Phase 1, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce has announced that Phase 2 of the post-circuit breaker period will officially begin from 19 June, 2020 (18 June, 2359hrs, to be specific). This is huge, as we’ll see restaurant dine-ins and social gatherings (of up to five people), alongside sports facilities and retail outlets reopening.
We break down all the things you can and cannot do during phase two of the circuit breaker exit. Exciting times ahead!
Note: This article was updated on 6 July.
Phase 2: Post-circuit breaker Singapore
Your social life is finally back on track
You can now have a mini catchup with the mates as small group social gatherings of up to five people are allowed. Plus, each household will be able to host up to five visitors at any one time.
Everything that’s reopening
Hurrah for shopaholics! You can finally go beyond online shopping. Retail businesses will be able to reopen their brick-and-mortar outlets. Malls in Singapore may be subjected to capacity limits. Best to avoid long queues for now.
Food and beverage businesses, including cafes, restaurants, and food courts (yes, bubble tea outlets too) will be open for dine-in. However, there shouldn’t be more than five diners per table. Liquor sales and consumption must end at 10.30pm. Also, live music and television or video screenings at F&B outlets are not allowed at the moment. Bars will remain closed, so it’s still takeaway cocktails for now. Refer to this list of permitted services for more info.
Gym rats and the outdoorsy bunch, we hear you. Sports, parks and other public facilities including playgrounds, beaches, swimming pools, bowling alleys, stadiums, gym and fitness studios, along with function rooms and facilities in private condos and clubs, will reopen.
Museums will reopen from 26 June with safety measures such as SafeEntry check-in and check-out, temperature taking and mandatory masks for visitors. Tours will not be held for now and interactive exhibits will remain closed. Visitor volume will also be limited (remember, groups of 5 or less only!)
Heritage centres including The Indian Heritage Centre, Malay Heritage Centre and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall will be open for visitors on 3 July.
Wildlife parks, libraries and selected indoor and outdoor attractions including the Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park, River Safari, Madame Tussauds at Sentosa and Bounce trampoline park will be back in business from 1 July.
Gardens by the Bay will reopen in phases, starting with Flower Dome on 1 July (for those with a membership program) and 11 July (for the public).
Universal Studios Singapore and the RWS Casino will also open their doors on 1 July. S.E.A Aquarium will follow suit on 4 July.
The ArtScience Museum and Sands SkyPark Observation Deck will reopen from 1 July for ticket holders and Sands Rewards members. Meanwhile, the Casino will welcome Sands Rewards Club members and existing annual levy holders only.
Most attractions will be limited to 25% capacity to ensure safe distancing and you’ll have to book your tickets in advance. All 25 libraries will implement shorter operating hours, timed entry and a limited capacity of 50 people per floor.
Cinephiles, the wait is over as cinemas will finally resume movie screenings from 13 July with a maximum of 50 patrons in each cinema hall and a one-metre distancing requirement. Family and friends of up to five people may sit together without the one-metre rule. A mask must be worn at all times, including inside the cinema hall.
There’s no official news yet but hotels are allowed to apply for reopening to the Singapore Tourism Board. Word on the street says this may take up to 14 days so stay tuned for amazing hotel deals!
Places of worship may gradually resume congregational and other worship services from 26 June, but with a maximum number of 50 people at a time.
We’re particularly thrilled about this one: All personal wellness and home-based services are also set to resume. That means you’ll be able to enjoy massages, spas, facials, mani-pedis at nail salons, hair removal and other aesthetic services. Of course, you’ll have to adhere to safe distancing and other precautionary measures.
All other healthcare services such as individual healthcare screenings, face-to-face visits at residential facilities for the elderly and eldercare services will continue too.
Those with kids will be happy to know that tuition and other private enrichment classes (except singing and voice training) will resume. Schools of all levels will resume from 29 June, 2020.
Solemnisations (at home or at ROM or ROMM) will be able to take place with up to 10 people in the room. Having it elsewhere? You may invite up to 20 people, excluding the solemniser. As for wakes and funerals, 20 people may be present at any one time.
These places and activities remain a no-no
There are still some activities – basically indoor spaces where large groups of people may come in close contact for prolonged periods – that remain unavailable.
Unfortunately, ActiveSG Indoor Sports Halls will remain closed following a Covid-19 case at one of the halls on June 22.
This includes, selected indoor and outdoor attractions, as well as cultural and entertainment venues like selected bars, nightclubs, karaoke studios, and theatres.
Telecommuting should be the first choice for businesses, where possible.
“You can fool the rules but you cannot fool the virus”
Exciting times lie ahead but it’s our duty to maintain appropriate safe distancing, adhere to the precautionary measures and use the SafeEntry check-in system when required.
As Health Minister Gan Kim Yong so nicely put it, you can get away with flouting the rules but you cannot fool the virus. It’s crucial that we wear a mask at all times, maintain good hygiene, keep hand sanitisers handy. The government is offering reusable masks once again from now till 12 July. More deets here.