By now, you would have cooped up at the comfort of your home long enough to recognise every inch of the four walls that surround you every day.
While there are probably some rumours on the possibility of a Circuit Breaker extension, we have some good news.
Singapore to Exit Circuit Breaker on 1 June 2020
I know what you are thinking of.
If you think that Singaporeans are now free to jalan-jalan (go for a walk) freely and roam down the streets of Orchard road like Chingay Parade. Think again!
With the threat of COVID-19 still around, it is important that we still adhere to the highest level safety distancing.
Three Phases of Re-opening:
To successfully exit the entire Circuit Breaker, there is a total of three phases which Singaporeans will need to abide by.
Phase 1 will last for at least four weeks.
Details for Phase 2 and 3 have yet to be announced.
|Phases||What you can do?||What you cannot do?||Expected to last|
|Hairdressers, barbers to resume all services.|
Motor vehicle servicing
Basic pet services
Retail shops selling school uniforms.
Some visiting allowed
Pre-schools to open gradually from 2 June
Graduating students to return to school on weekdays
Other students will rotate weekly
Junior Colleges and Millennia Institute will arrange to have half of their students back in school.
Healthcare services such as specialist outpatient services, medical procedures, allied health services, community-based services, and chronic disease management
|Dining in||Minimum 4 weeks|
|More business will re-open starting with dine-in, retail outlets, gyms, fitness studios and tuition centres.|
All students will return to school.
Sports, recreation and outdoor facilities will resume
|Gatherings and events will resume, but there will be a limit to crowd sizes.||-||TBC|
Phase 1 of Exiting Circuit Breaker
Phase 1 will commence on 1 June 2020.
Including the essential businesses which are already operating, here are some of the activities which will resume progressively:
- Hairdressers and barbers can provide services beyond just haircut
- Home-based businesses will resume, but only delivery or collection is allowed
- Motor vehicle servicing to resume
- Aircon servicing to resume
- Printing services to resume
- Basic pet services to resume
- School bookshops and shops selling school uniforms can resume
You can also visit your parents and grandparents, but limit to one per day. Dropping off children at parents’ or grandparents’ place is allowed too.
If you are looking to get married, marriage solemnisations are allowed to take place, involving only up to 10 persons.
Pre-schools will gradually reopen from 2 June 2020 onwards, but here are some of the conditions:
- Children from kindergarten levels will resume school first
- This is then followed by nursery levels and finally, infant care or playground
Primary schools and secondary schools will resume, with the following restrictions:
- Graduating cohorts in primary or secondary schools will return to school on weekdays
- Other cohorts will rotate weekly
Junior Colleges and Millennia Institute will also resume, but operating at a 50% student capacity at any one time.
When it comes to healthcare services, here are the services which will resume:
- Specialist outpatient services
- Medical procedures
- Allied health services
- Community-based services
- Chronic disease management
- Preventive health services, such as flu vaccinations
Senior activities will slowly resume so that the older folks can expect some level of activity.
Community-based centre services for Singaporeans with disabilities will gradually resume their services.
Phase 2 of Exiting Circuit Breaker
Only if cases remains low or zero, will Singapore enter phase 2.
It is important that all of us “play ball”.
Phase 2 will mean that more businesses will re-open.
Singaporeans can dine-in, visit retail outlets, go to the gyms and fitness studios.
Tuition and enrichment centres will also resume.
All students will be able to attend schools and see their friends in phase 2, and community activities such as sports, recreation and outdoor facilities will re-open.
All these activities will be carried out with safe management measures in place.
Phase 3 of Exiting Circuit Breaker
To enter phase 3, Singapore needs to be super confident that we can deal with COVID-19.
Only then will social and economic activities such as events can resume.
In short, everyone stays safe, do our part as a nation and we can get through this together!