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22 Apr 2020 | 02:43 AM UTC

Singapore: Circuit breaker measures extended to June 1 /update 12

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Singapore extends circuit breaker measures to June 1 and tightens several restrictions on April 21; abide by government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/21/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/1/2021, 11:59 PM (Asia/Singapore). COUNTRY/REGION Singapore

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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced a four-week extension to Singapore's circuit breaker measures until Monday, June 1, in order to reduce the number of community coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and contain the spread of the virus in migrant worker dormitories. Existing measures will also be tightened, including the closure of more workplaces, and further decreasing the number of workers in essential services. All standalone food and beverage outlets selling mainly drinks and snacks, as well as hair salons, have been ordered to close by 23:59 (local time) on Tuesday, April 21. Pet supply stores and retail laundry services will only be allowed to provide online sales and delivery. The June school holidays will be brought forward to Tuesday, May 5, and are set to reopen on Tuesday, June 2. Entry restrictions are also being put in place at locations where large groups gather, such as wet markets and supermarkets, from Wednesday, April 22, through Monday, May 4. Shoppers with even last digit IC/FIN numbers can enter on even dates; those with odd last digit numbers are allowed to enter on odd dates.

Other containment measures remain in place as of April 21. The use of face masks is compulsory in public spaces and those who do not comply will face a fine. There are exemptions for those conducting strenuous exercise, such as running, and for children below the age of two. Around 20 percent of Singapore's workforce continues to commute to their place of employment as essential workers. A ban on all social gatherings in homes and public spaces remain in effect. Private gatherings, such as parties or gatherings with family and friends who do not live together, are included in these restrictions. Under the new law, the government will also be allowed to restrict individuals' movements and interactions at their residence and in public areas. According to authorities, the law will be valid for at least six months and could be extended for up to one year. Terminal 2 at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) suspended all operations for 18 months from Friday, May 1. Moreover, as of Monday, scheduled flight operations have been rediverted to the airport's other terminals.

An entry ban on all short-term visitors remains in place. Only work pass holders, and their dependents, who provide essential services, such as healthcare and transport, will be allowed to enter the country with approval from the Ministry of Manpower. Malaysians with Singapore work permits will continue to be able to work in Singapore. All Singaporean citizens, permanent residents, long-term pass holders, and work pass holders entering the country will be issued a 14-day Stay at Home Notice (SHN) at dedicated facilities.

Singapore currently has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia, recording its highest daily increase of 1426 cases on Monday, April 20. The majority of the confirmed cases are migrant workers living in shared dormitories where extensive testing is underway. A total of 19 dormitories have been gazetted as isolation areas. Authorities have also highlighted that the regular number of new unlinked cases recorded daily is a concern as it suggests the presence of unknown cases in the community. As of Tuesday, March 21, the Ministry of Health has confirmed 9125 COVID-19 cases nationwide, including 11 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.  


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantine measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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