PSA: Singapore to Exit Circuit Breaker Progressively in Phases (July 2020 Update)
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PSA: Singapore to Exit Circuit Breaker Progressively in Phases (July 2020 Update)

Ming Feng
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July 2020 Update: Casinos, Museums, Public Libraries, Wildlife Parks and Other Attractions to Reopen During Circuit Breaker Exit: Phase 2

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has announced that the above-mentioned attractions will be allowed to reopen in July.

However, STB has stated that:

“Most attractions will be restricted to 25% of their operating capacity “for a start”.
Attractions and tour operators must follow this rule and apply other safe management measures that are “tailored to reduce the COVID-19 transmission risks of each attraction or tour.”

For most of these attractions, you will have to book your timed-entry tickets in advance online.

1 July 2020 Reopenings

Marina Bay Sands

  • Marina Bay Sands (MBS) Casino — only open to existing members and those who have paid the annual levy
  • Sands SkyPark and Observation Deck at MBS
  • Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay — Only open to Friends of the Gardens members from 1 Jul, the rest of the public will have to wait until 11 Jul

Resorts World Sentosa

  • RWS Casino — only open to existing members and those who have paid the annual levy
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Universal Studios

Libraries and Museums

  • All NLB Public Libraries
  • ArtScience Museum — only open to Sands Rewards members who have pre-purchased tickets to the museum
  • National Museum of Singapore
  • National Gallery Singapore
  • Asian Civilisations Museum

Recreation

  • Bounce Singapore
  • Zero Latency Singapore

3 Jul 2020 Reopenings

Heritage Centres

  • Indian Heritage Centre
  • Malay Heritage Centre
  • Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

4 Jul 2020 Reopenings

Wildlife Parks

  • S.E.A Aquarium at RWS

6 Jul 2020 Reopenings

Wildlife Parks

  • Singapore Zoo
  • River Safari
  • Jurong Bird Park

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.

Circuit Breaker Exit: Phase 2 Starts from 19 June 2020

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I know what you are thinking.

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!

Black friday run
Source: Odyssey

With the threat of COVID-19 still around, it is important that we still adhere to safe distancing and the spirit of the Circuit Breaker measures.

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.

PhasesWhat you can do?What you cannot do?Expected to last
Phase 1
(Safe Re-opening)
Hairdressers, barbers to resume all services.

Motor vehicle servicing

Aircon servicing

Printing

Basic pet services

School bookshops

Retail shops selling school uniforms.

Some visiting allowed

Marriage Solemnisations

Private worship

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 inMinimum 4 weeks
Phase 2
(Safe Transition)
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
-TBC
Phase 3
(Safe Nation)
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 a 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 for those taking place at home, the Registry of Marriages (ROM) and Registry of Muslim Marriages (ROMM).

For other venues, there is a limit of 20 people (not inclusive of the solemiser) or the safe capacity of the venue, whatever is lower.

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

Phase 2 will commence on 19 June 2020. While it may involve the resumption of most activities, activities are still subject to safe distancing principles.

Here’s what you can do during phase 2:

  • Small-group social gatherings of up to any five persons. Gatherings need to be within homes and households.
  • Retail businesses may re-open their outlets

Dining in will be allowed should the following criteria be met:

  • Up to five persons allowed to sit together
  • Tables must be space one metre apart.
  • For dining outlets with liquor sales, sales and consumption need to be ceased by 10.30pm.
  • Live music, television and video screenings are still not allowed in all Food and beverage (F&B) outlets

When it comes to classes:

  • Tuition and other private enrichment classes can resume (except singing or voice training classes)

On top of that:

  • Personal health, wellness and home-based services will resume
  • Registered clubs and societies will be allowed at their registered premises.
  • Eldercare service and health screenings will resume
  • Aesthetic services to resume
  • Visitations at residential facilities for the elderly will be allowed

When it comes to playgrounds, beaches, lawns and fields, stadium, swimming complexes, hard courts, gyms, fitness studios, bowling centres and function rooms, they will all be open.

Update: All ActiveSG indoor sports will be closed until further notice after it was discovered that a COVID-19 patient had played badminton in a large group.

Malls and large standalone retail outlets will resume but there will be a limit to the capacity. Operators are required to ensure that crowds and long queues are prevented.

Singapore Pools Reopen: Lottery Draws And Outlet Operations to Resume From 22 Jun 2020

From 29 June 2020, Singapore Pools will be offering up the following services:

ProductsWhere to Buy
Branches and authorised retail outletsSingapore Pools' Livewire venues and Off-course Betting CentresWebsite and mobile appPhone betting
TOTOOpenRemains closedOpenOpen
4D
Singapore SweepWill resume on 5 Aug 2020
SportsOpen
Horse Racing

At the time of writing you can now bet on 4D, TOTO, Sports and Horse Racing, from the 240 reopened Singapore Pools branches and authorised retail outlets, website and mobile app or over the phone.

However, Singapore Sweep will only restart on 5 Aug 2020, with the August draw and the Livewire, racecourse and betting centres will remain closed.

More information can be found on the Singapore Pools’ website.

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!

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