MOH: Circuit breaker to minimise further spread of Covid-19

The Multi-Ministry Taskforce will be implementing an elevated set of safe distancing measures, as a circuit breaker to pre-empt the trend of increasing local transmission of COVID-19. The aim is to reduce much more significantly movements and interactions in public and private places. To do this, we will move towards full home-based learning for our schools and close most physical workplace premises, save for those providing essential services and in selected economic sectors which are critical for our local and the global supply chains. Work and business activities that can be carried out via telecommuting from home should continue.

2.            The Taskforce has reviewed the latest evidence and pattern of transmission of COVID-19 in Singapore. Most of the cases have arisen from persons coming into close contact with an infected individual in social, workplace and family settings. The Taskforce is very concerned by the increasing number of locally transmitted cases in the past week. It has concluded that we must make a decisive move at this point, to curb the spread of the infection. We require the cooperation of all Singaporeans to minimise movements and interactions in public and private places, and stay home unless necessary for essential purposes.

3.            These heightened safe distancing measures will be in place for four weeks (i.e. two incubation cycles) from 7 April 2020 until 4 May 2020 (inclusive). Entities that are able to comply immediately are strongly encouraged to do so. Current safe distancing measures on capacity limits and physical separation remain in force and must be strictly complied with, especially over the weekend.

Services that Remain Open to Support Daily Needs

4.            From 7 April 2020, all restaurants, hawker centres, coffeeshops, food courts and other food and beverage outlets will remain open only for takeaway or delivery. Food suppliers – including food and food ingredient production, food manufacturing, food processing, abattoirs/ slaughterhouses, food caterers, importers and traders, and food logistics, cold stores/ warehouses, food safety testing, supermarkets, convenience stores, grocery retailers, wholesale markets and wet markets – will remain open. The public can be assured of the continued availability of food items.

5.            Retail outlets that provide items and services necessary to support the daily living needs of the population will remain open. Specific outlets in the malls will remain open for this purpose. These include supermarkets, pharmacies, restaurants, food and beverage outlets, and other outlets offering essential services. All other physical retail outlets shall be closed.

6.            The Public Service will be fully operational and government services will be available, but with the majority of the public service workforce telecommuting. Physical counter services will be scaled down, with reduced staff manning for safe distancing, but digital services will continue to be available. Residents can continue to use e-services but are advised to defer any non-urgent visits.

7.            Essential services like healthcare, social services, financial services, cleaning services, and water, energy, and environment related services will also continue to operate. Other selected services required for daily living (e.g. hairdressers/ barbers, lift maintenance, laundry), transport services, and telecommunications services will remain open.

8.            Please refer to https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg/essentialservices for the latest and most updated list of essential activities that will be allowed to continue to operate.

Closure of Workplace Premises

9.            Many workplaces, including all public service agencies, have already implemented telecommuting arrangements for a sizeable proportion of their employees. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has also stepped up inspections and issued Stop Work Orders or Remedial Orders to firms that have failed to follow MOM advisories on telecommuting[1] .

10.          However, further actions are necessary to reduce even more the proportion of our workforce who commute for work. All business, social, or other activities that cannot be conducted through telecommuting from home will be suspended from 7 April 2020 to 4 May 2020 (inclusive). Essential Services and their related supply chains, as well as entities that form a part of the global supply chain, are exempted from the suspension.

11.          Entities providing essential services will need to operate with the minimum staff needed on their premises[2] to ensure the continued running of those services, and implement strict safe distancing measures. Social interactions, including during meal times, must be avoided. These firms may be required to suspend their operations should any of their staff working on the premises become infected.

12.          Employers that are able to continue to operate their businesses (in limited or full capacity) with their employees working from home should continue to do so.

13.          Entities which carry out activities listed on the above-mentioned website (see paragraph 8 for hyperlink) are permitted to continue to operate from their premises. They are required to submit details of their plans to operate with enhanced safe distancing measures in place at https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg by end of 13 April 2020. They may continue to perform their essential services while waiting for our response. Entities which are not performing services listed but believe they have strong grounds for exemption from the suspension should read the guidance and FAQs provided by MTI. They may then apply to be exempted via the same website. Only entities performing, or providing critical support for, essential activities will be exempted.

14.          Except for those allowed to commute for work, Singapore residents and foreign workers should remain largely within their place of residence. They can still go out to buy meals or other essentials, or procure essential services, but should otherwise minimise the time they spend outside.

15.          Given the emergence of cluster of cases in foreign worker dormitories, we will put in place extra precautions. All foreign workers living in such dormitories will be required to stay within their dormitory premises.  Dormitory operators will also have to adopt additional measures in these premises to minimise the risk of transmission, and to reduce inter-mixing of workers between blocks. Dormitory operators are also required to put up clear signages to inform the foreign workers not to congregate or gather at common areas. MOM is following up with dormitory operators on immediate implementation of all of these measures.

Full Home-Based Learning for Schools

16.          From 8 April 2020 to 4 May 2020, schools and institutes of higher learning will shift to full home-based learning, while preschool and student care centres will suspend services. Private education institutions should also move to home-based learning, or suspend classes otherwise.

17.          Parents working in essential services such as healthcare, who are unable to secure alternative care arrangements may approach their children’s preschools and primary schools for assistance.

Closure of Recreation Venues, Attractions and Places of Worship

18.          From 7 April 2020, all attractions, theme parks, museums and casinos will be closed. Sports and recreation facilities, such as public swimming pools, country clubs, gyms and fitness studios will also be closed. All recreational facilities in hotels will be closed.

19.          As earlier announced, organised sporting programmes and religious services will remain suspended. Places of worship will be closed.

Support for Businesses and Households

20.          These measures are necessary, but will have disruption to businesses and households. The Government will announce added support for households and businesses on 6 April 2020, on top of what was provided in the earlier Budgets to tide them over the next month.

Protection for the General Population

21.          Our population is best protected not through a single measure on its own, but a collection. These include safe distancing, good personal hygiene such as regular hand washing and not touching one’s face unnecessarily. Of particular importance is to protect vulnerable groups, especially our seniors.

22.          Members of the public are strongly advised to stay at home and avoid going out unnecessarily, except to purchase daily necessities, essential services, or for urgent medical needs. There should be no social gatherings. Social contact should be confined to immediate family members living in the same household during this period.

23.          Members of the public who need to exercise should do so on their own, around their immediate neighbourhood in open, uncrowded places. Public parks and open-air stadiums will remain open, but gatherings in groups in these spaces must be avoided. Members of the public should practise safe distancing even in open spaces.

Use of Masks

24.          The Government’s recommendation on the use of masks thus far has been based on scientific advice and guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO), and that is for individuals to wear surgical masks only when sick, in order to protect others. This was also when we did not have community spread of the virus in Singapore.

25.          The situation is now changing. There is increased local transmission in Singapore, and a possibility of some undetected cases in the community. There is also some evidence that infected people showing no symptoms may infect others. This is why the WHO is reviewing its guidelines on mask usage.

26.          Given these changed circumstances, we have updated our guidance. The general public is advised to stay home and avoid interactions with anyone other than immediate family members living in the same household. For those who need to go out, and are unable to avoid close contact with others, then wearing a mask could provide some protection. Reusable masks can be considered for this purpose, to provide some basic protection. This is because there is currently a global shortage of surgical masks, and we need to conserve these masks for those who need them most, i.e. our healthcare workers.

27.          We will distribute reusable masks to all residents with registered home addresses. The distribution will take place progressively from 5 to 12 April 2020, from collection points at designated Community Clubs/ Centres (CCs) and Residents’ Committee (RC) Centres. Family/ household members will be able to collect on behalf of their other household members.

Social Responsibility is Key

28.          Social responsibility is critical in slowing the spread of COVID-19. We need all Singaporeans to do the right thing, if we are to beat the virus.

29.          Those who are unwell, even with mild flu-like symptoms, should see a doctor immediately. They should not go out into the public for any other purpose, and should not come into close contact with others. We should stop non-essential activities and avoid all gatherings beyond our immediate family or household members during this period. All should adopt safe distancing and good hygiene practices even at home, and encourage your friends and family to do so as well.

MINISTRY OF HEALTH
3 APRIL 2020

[1]  Please refer to the MOM website (www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19) for the latest advisories.
[2]  Except for essential supplies and services that may need to step up to ensure that the needs of the population are met, such as retail supermarkets and logistics and delivery services.

 

 

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30 Responses to “MOH: Circuit breaker to minimise further spread of Covid-19”

  • PAPVID-20:

    Die die must save face. Die die refuse to call it a lockdown. Suddenly everyone of us have become a CB to interrupt the virus flow. Having a minister who majored in Electrical Engrg, it’s no surprise CB or Circuit Breaker is cleverly used to replace a lockdown.

    And the reason why we’re not restricted to go out to shop for our necessities is so that the pap govt can still carry on to call for an election. If we can go out to make our purchases, surely we can walk to the poll to vote, no?

    Clever pap. Sibeh cunning. Gonna win big again in the coming GE liao lor?

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  • Good move:

    Good move.All should do our part and follow the recommendation.
    Hope it will help reduce the community spread.
    Together we can beat this Covid-19 pandemic.

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  • TruBlu:

    being a country/CITY(as some MINISTERS would insist) which has almost 45 pct content of ALIENS COMING IN AND OUT,the PAPple response is RATHER SLOW!

    CONTAINMENT SHOULD HAVE BEEN KEY RIGHT AT THE ONSET WHEN THE VERY FIRST FEW CASES WERE REPORTED.

    WHY LET IT SPREAD ,THEN CONTAIN?

    always WAITING FOR OTHER WORLD LEADERS TO SHOW THE WAY?
    YET,STUPID BARBARA OF THE WAY WE WERE FAME SAID LEE AH LONG VERY CREVER?

    THIS IS ALREADY SLOW BY ANY GOOD LEADER STANDARD.

    THE REASON IS WE ARE OVER-OPEN,LEGS WIDE WIDE,SURE KENA ‘INFECTIOUS’ DISEASES???

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  • You die your business:

    Xia suay no. 1 looks old and gaunt, clutching very hard to the straw and sit on the throne till he kicks the bucket.

    Never mind 4G or not, corona or not, pinky still call the shot to get the erection. That’s the top on his mjnd.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Circuit breakers are designed to trip when there is a short circuit or an overload and it is automatic. Circuit breaker are used for you to solve the problem and not to mitigate the problem. If the problem is not solved turning the breaker on would still trip it.

    So call it as what it is; “LOCKDOWN”.

    PAP’s ministers would not be worry about hunger for sometime because they have a lot of the words they are going to eat it back. Example; Covid-19 is not as serious as SARS. They have experience with SARS. Lockdown is not the magic solution. Wearing mask only when you are sick. Not talking in public transport to prevent spread of virus. Etc, etc,

    If the taskforce had executed lockdown from the start, it saves residents all the trouble and anxiety. Dragging the situation for so long also caused unemployment to employees and un-certainty to employers. We may even saved the $750k to buy accolades.

    Even if we have lockdown same time as Malaysia, it would save the mad rush for accommodation for Malaysians and money for the employers.

    Please take the responsibility and stop blaming the people for not cooperating. We only heard from million dollars ministers looking for “magic solution”, working on “brakes”. No solution for the virus but have solution for General Election.

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  • Harder Truths:

    All the pappy loyalists – the 70% voters:

    Carry out all orders from Ministers (your gods) fearlessly and faithfully.
    Your faithful service to support the new $G 4G is critical.
    Sacrifice yourself for the government you deserve!!

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  • Scumbags:

    Pappies are cunning and sneaky in getting or doing what they want. An ah neh woman is sneaked in to become malay prezidant. It’s not flooding but just ponding.

    We have adopted definitive colour codes for dealing with health crisis, just like many countries have for natural disasters and military purposes. People understand what they represent.

    Now we hear of new terms like circuit breakers and ring defence. WTF, these xia suay idiots are confusing people.

    Why not call a spade a spade, not something like a big spoon.

    It’s red in force, but still orange with circuit breaker added in. Smell something fishy……

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  • embarrassed to hear them speak:

    the catch phrase now is “circuit breaker”.
    they think this virus can switch on or off and control?
    all the ministars at the q&a today used it..
    all talking from a prepared script

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  • "slow learning culture":

    Singapore government has a very slow learning culture.

    The critical “new” information they learn today was available from China in Jan/early Feb.

    They refused to learn then, and stick to their outdated SARS strategy.

    For 2 months, we concerned citizens have been telling them, with nothing getting through their “thick multi-million dollar skulls” (quoting someone’s comment at Yahoo).

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    It is a TOTAL BLACKOUT!!! and the idiots are calling it what??? a circuit breaker

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  • N.Jungne:

    Ha ha ha, all part-timers, go lay more eggs

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  • The gahment is not wrong to not call it a lockdown because it is not. A lockdown would mean that the measures taken must not allow the virus to go anywhere while the current half-baked measures do allow the virus to go somewhere.

    The current measures will at most, slow down the spreading but it would not contain the spread. People will still get infected, only at a slower rate.

    That is whats puzzling me. These measures are just one step away from effectively containing the spread and they are not doing it, although the repercussions from the current measures would almost be the same if they had gone one step further.

    Logistic and money should no longer be an issue since Sinkapore has already committed $20b to teh virus, so the question is: WHY?

    The only reason I can think of thats reasonable and possible is because they want to call for a pandemic erection, so going one step further would deny them of the chance.

    So an erection must be called at all cost, even if it means risking the safety and lives of 2.5 million sinkies.

    And to think that 70% voted for these selfish and self-centered ivory tower residents really makes me sick!

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  • Hu Chian:

    Singapore and the LIEgime are Myths and Illusions, cleverly and relentlessly propagated and usually believed, still happening.

    Everything points to a snap election, you’re looking down the barrel of a gun.
    ” Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun (枪杆子里面出政权) -Mao Zedong ”
    What will the People select, to Circumstance or to Choice?.

    Site,

    Adapting to Change: Why It Matters and How to Do It
    https://www.lifehack.org/372463/why-you-need-adapt-change

    The Pandemic Isn’t Ending, It’s Just The Beginning Of …
    https://www.zerohedge.com/health/pandemic-isnt-ending-its-just-beginning-global-disorder-depression

    Survivorship Bias – You Are Not So Smart
    https://youarenotsosmart.com/2013/05/23/survivorship-bias/

    Rules of political misdirection – Islam Inside
    http://www.islamfrominside.com/Pages/Commentary/Rules%20of%20misdirection.html

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  • Pok Kai Tan Kin Lian:

    TRE Techie: And to think that 70% voted for these selfish and self-centered ivory tower residents really makes me sick!

    You will even get more sick when you see these 70% queuing back to front 6 inches apart to go into the shopping malls today. And mind you the Q is about 150 metres long, longer than buying Jackpot Toto.

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  • Hopelesslyuselessgov:

    Foreign Trash imports were not send back because of $$$.

    Whole gov and CEO’s SHAMELESSLY AFTER $$$,

    BUT AT OUR CITIZEN EXPENSE.

    BUILDING FLATS ARE ESSENTIAL SERVICES ?

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  • What's a bunch of scumbags:

    embarrassed to hear them speak:
    the catch phrase now is “circuit breaker”.
    they think this virus can switch on or off and control?
    all the ministars at the q&a today used it..
    all talking from a prepared script

    Hahaha…. the circuit breaker is turned off to carry out pinky erection.

    After securing another term to collect more millions, the circuit breaker is switched on.

    For sinkies, you die your problem la.

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  • Be worthy:

    WTF these xia suay millisters think peope are impressed with fancy words CB to cover up their incompetence.

    They keep saying they are fully prepared to handle since SARS. Now what happens?

    These JLBs should ‘say sorry’ for failing in their duty to contain the disease despite being paid humongous salaries.

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  • Use your millions $ skull:

    Gan, we don’t want your circuit breaker. It means that the virus can come back.

    Uncle no EE degree and sell fish in Yew Tee. You can use my meat chopper. Chop the virus away once and for all so that it won’t return forever la.

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  • Oppo Missed Opportunity:

    Opposition missed the great opportunity to counter PAP with face mask issue. Now they have done the U-Turn.

    Had Opposition made the issue big, PAP would have been proven to public to have done some wrong decision.

    Now they sugar coated the U-Turn and as is always the case, super majority Hook line sinker.

    I am terribly disappointed with Opposition. It proves Opposition is not able to meet my expectations.

    This GE is a gone case for OPPOSITION even before it’s announced.

    Your market is the Singaporeans.
    Singaporeans cannot wake up and cripplingly depend on the govt.

    The blind perceive they are in good hands now and the PAP doing a good job.

    But this problem with the super majority remains and one day it will haunt them.

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  • oxygen:

    WITH COMMUNITY SPREADING ESCALATING, I worry about “circuit breaker” is only as effective as using a cup to drain the water in a swimming pool.

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  • Realistically:

    @ MOH announcement

    “Use of Masks

    24. The Government’s recommendation on the use of masks thus far has been based on scientific advice and guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO), and that is for individuals to wear surgical masks only when sick, in order to protect others. This was also when we did not have community spread of the virus in Singapore.

    25. The situation is now changing. There is increased local transmission in Singapore, and a possibility of some undetected cases in the community. There is also some evidence that infected people showing no symptoms may infect others. This is why the WHO is reviewing its guidelines on mask usage.”

    The FACT remains that ASYMPTOMATIC carriers of the CORONAVIRUS has been known to transmit the virus since early to mid-January 2020…….there is NO CHANGE as to such FACT, in the sense that this has been disaproved.

    It is the FAILURE of the PAPie Regime for refusing to acknowledge the fact and reality that has caused such a sudden and huge rise in the number affected.

    The emperor without clothes should direct the task-force to better study the experience of countries and region where the widespread self-imposed discipline of wearing face mask have reduced the spread of the CORID-19 virus to acknowledge that it earlier directive not to wear mask if the person is healthy is WRONG and direct ALL person venturing into public spaces wear the mask………..ie make it COMPULSORY for a person to wear mask in public.

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    Lockdown sounds so……crude.

    PAPVID-20:
    Die die must save face. Die die refuse to call it a lockdown. Suddenly everyone of us have become a CB to interrupt the virus flow. Having a minister who majored in Electrical Engrg, it’s no surprise CB or Circuit Breaker is cleverly used to replace a lockdown.

    And the reason why we’re not restricted to go out to shop for our necessities is so that the pap govt can still carry on to call for an election. If we can go out to make our purchases, surely we can walk to the poll to vote, no?

    Clever pap. Sibeh cunning. Gonna win big again in the coming GE liao lor?

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  • Tremendous:

    Write too much yet cannot deliver compared to lands without million dollar freaks.
    If the village is under control, there are lands coping with flying colours.

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  • Good for nothing:

    It’s amazing that fat cat in charge of health is allowed to be still around collecting millions when he is obviously useless and hopeless after so many major blunders happened under his duty.

    CB is short for circuit breaker or chee b*e.

    4Gs stand for 4Goons.

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  • Asd:

    I think it’s already too late next few weeks a surge of infection will be reported in the hundreds for continously importing those few pass holders in hope of reviving the economy which is a big joke

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on mothership website :Quote – ”

    Covid-19: S’pore taxi & PHV drivers can collect 2 free meals daily in April at 2 collection points
    Lunch boxes will be provided.

    Jason Fan | April 4, 01:29 pm
    1.2K

    Several restaurants have banded together to provide free meals twice a day for taxi drivers and Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) drivers, for the entire month of April.

    This initiative is meant to help taxi drivers and PHV drivers in a time of business slowdown, due to the recent Covid-19 measures announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

    Collection is available at two locations
    Eligible drivers can flash their Vocational License upon collection of the food, which will include a drink, main course, dessert and cutlery.

    These will be ready in lunch boxes, due to new government regulations for social distancing, during the two collection timings, which is between 1pm to 4pm, and 1am to 4am…. “Unquote.

    Response :Got so good meh? Why keep on caring for all these employed taxi drivers. Can all the unemployed go there and still has a free meal? Obviously not, you died your business concept! Maybe Singapore evil government has given grants to all these beast women owner restaurants to pay for such expensive food out of public funds, and so all these no business restaurants willingly give to taxi drivers the food pretending it to be free basis!!!! And all these food cannot be sold off now got some takers and restaurants get “return” for it. These taxi driver drive there with passengers will bring business to them too! So if you unemployed go there will get nothing free to eat because all these restaurants are not that type of “kind-heartedness” as it seem to be.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    “…the use of masks thus far has been based on scientific advice and guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO)”

    “There is also some evidence that infected people showing no symptoms may infect others. This is why the WHO is reviewing its guidelines on mask usage.”

    So everything push to the WHO!!

    Oddly, Singapore has this galaxy highest paid Ministers, why depend on the WHO. Did other countries quote WHO??!!

    To support PAP’s coming GE, did SG has to pay for some WHO’s accolades!!

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  • John Richards:

    Are the casinos shutdown too or they just installing new circuit breakers?

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  • Enforce please:

    Need to enforce.
    Social Distancing is not working completely in many areas…markets ,hawker centres etc Task force need to be on the ground to see actual situation.
    We will continue to have community spread if we continue to have such weak links.May have to enforce compliance or we will end up need to take more drastic measure to curb this virus.
    Also better to wear surgical masks.Not sure rewashable masks can do the job effectively.

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  • Nk:

    How come no install circuit breaker 1st,1st.now then install!

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