PM Lee Hsien Loong has announced a circuit breaker extension this afternoon, adding another four weeks to the original month-long restricted stretch.
Initially scheduled to end after 4 May 2020, the circuit breaker is now extended to 1 June 2020. For the most part, social changes remain minimal (read all about those here), though we are now collectively encouraged to stay home as much as we can, and leave the house as individuals only, be it for running errands, exercise, or for any other essential activity.
Added restrictions, however, will be implemented for select sectors, including the essential food and beverage field. The wet markets and supermarkets, for example, will see further regulation.
Entry restrictions and “odd-even” measures
Entrance to supermarkets and wet markets which are particularly crowded will be limited moving forward with a new scheme that utilises NRIC numbers. You will only be allowed to patronise said markets based on the last digit of your NRIC or FIN number, be it odd or even, on a correspondingly odd or even day of the week.
The current locations where regulations will be enacted are the Geylang Serai Market, Chong Pang market, the Blk 505 Jurong West Street 52 Market and the Blk 20/21 Marsiling Lane market.
However, more locations, including supermarkets, will follow in accordance with this regulation.
Further measures to hit F&B sector
While hawker centres, restaurants and fast food outlets remain open for takeaway and delivery, there will be further restrictions on the type of outlets allowed to remain open. Standalone consumer-facing establishments, confectionery, snack and dessert shops, as well as predominantly beverage stores (think bubble tea outlets, wine stores and coffee-only cafés), are to be closed until the circuit breaker is over. Takeaways will stop for outlets as such.
Food manufacturing is allowed to continue, though manufacturers of tidbits, chocolate and its subsidiaries, confectionery and coffee seeds are to be closed.
Extension of subsidies
The government’s job support subsidy will be extended for the month of May as well, to all industries. Applications for aid are currently open for relief funds, which you can learn more about here. For more information on essential businesses and what that entails, click here.
A small silver lining to it all: PM Lee has touched on increased measures of aid provided to the migrant worker community during the time where cases are increasing dramatically within the sector.