Coronavirus: What You Should Know About Singapore’s New “Circuit Breaker” Measures

These measures include the shut down of most workplaces, except those providing essential services or are in key economic sectors.

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Singapore will be implementing new measures to slow the escalation of COVID-19, starting from April 7 and lasting for a full month until May 4. Termed “circuit breaker” by the government, these measures include the shut down of most workplaces, except those providing essential services or are in key economic sectors.

Here’s what you should know if you’re staying in The Lion City:

Dining

Dining-out services will stop, which means citizens can only opt for take-away and delivery from food and beverage outlets that remain open—such as restaurants, hawker centers, coffee shops, food courts, as well as an outlet that has a food license. Eating or drinking while waiting for food to be prepared, isn’t allowed either. Food delivery services are a good alternative, with options including GrabFood, Deliveroo, Foodpanda, and more.

Attractions

All museums and attractions including the Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, and the Science Centre Singapore will be closed, as well as the city-state’s two integrated resorts.

Hotels

During this period, hotels are not allowed to accept new guests, which means that staycations are out. That said, selected hotels, as well as serviced apartments, dormitories, and hostel, will continue to house those returning to Singapore and who have to be on stay-home notice.

Education

From April 8, all schools and institutes of higher learning will move fully to home-based learning, where students will be taught remotely by their teachers on digital platforms. School mid-year exams will be canceled but national exams such as the mid-year O- and A-level mother tongue exams, as well as the PSLE (Primary School Leaving Examination), will continue. Enrichment classes like tuition, music lessons, and sports training, will all be stopped.

Work
Businesses that can be run via telecommuting will continue, if not they will be closed. Exceptions include those that provide essential services like healthcare providers, supermarkets, transport. The full list can be viewed here.

Healthcare

All public and private hospitals will remain open, as well as general practitioner clinics, polyclinics, offsite specialist clinics, and community hospitals. In addition, dialysis services and other renal replacement services will also be available. Aesthetic services are not included.

Transport

Those who drive will be pleased to know that the ERP (Electronic Road Pricing) charges at all gantries will stop from April 7 till May 4. Meanwhile, public transport will function normally and petrol stations will be open too.

Public spaces

While most sports and recreational centers will be shut, along with public swimming pools, public sports halls, private gyms, and fitness studios; citizens can exercise at public parks and SportSG’s 17 open-air stadiums, which remain open.

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