Singapore announces "circuit breaker" measures to slow the spread of COVID-19

Singapore will shutter schools and most workplaces as the city-state unveiled a raft of stricter measures to slow the spread of coronavirus, shifting away from an approach crafted to limit interruptions to daily life and commerce.

Most workplaces, except for essential services and key economic sectors, will close starting on Tuesday, while the city-state will move to full home-based learning in its schools from Wednesday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in an address to the nation Friday afternoon. The government will also unveil additional stimulus measures to boost the economy early next week.

The action comes as confirmed cases of local transmission and unlinked infections in the country have risen in recent weeks. “We have decided that instead of tightening incrementally over the next few weeks, we should make a decisive move now, to preempt escalating infections,” said Lee.

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Source: Bloomberg

Please note, this government "circuit breaker" mandate does not affect BDP International in Singapore or business operations as logistics, transportation, and warehouse storage services are considered essential. While BDP Singapore has enacted business continuity procedures that include remote working and split shifts, the offices are fully functional.