All our uncertainty is finally met with a conclusion as Singapore confirms that it will kickstart its Phase 2 reopenings come 19 June.
The date, which marks the second part of a national reopening plan, has held the nation in collective anticipation for what it entails almost seems like normalcy again after citizens have been homebound for two months under the Circuit Breaker. This news comes at the dip of community cases overall, as well as a lowering of cases amidst the migrant worker sector. No new clusters have also been reported.
For a start, Phase 2 will ease restrictions that will reactivate certain businesses and social activities. People can now gather in groups of up to five, and households can also receive visitors outside their family members, also capped at five people per time.
Dining in will also steadily resume at restaurants and hawker centres in groups of five, in a move that spells hope for the food and beverage landscape, which has been badly hit due to COVID-19. Another struggling industry, fitness, will also steadily reopen, with stadiums, playgrounds, swimming pools, bowling centres and gyms to resume operations. Precautions will naturally be set in place, including social distancing and the wearing of masks.
Other venues that will reopen include malls, schools and standalone retail outlets, though similarly, occupancy limits will be enforced for visitors and staff alike.
Businesses such as bars and other entertainment venues, however, will have to remain closed until further notice.
This hopeful news comes with a note of caution from the multi-ministry task force that community cases may increase due to the reopenings, and that the public should be mindful to exercise restraint when gathering and being outdoors as our efforts throughout the past few months should not go to waste.
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