Life is set to resume. Last night, the authorities announced that Singapore will soon move into Phase 2, come 19 June.
This has been a long time coming for those of us who have been home since the circuit breaker kicked off on April 7. The highly anticipated decision came about with low community infection rates, and the decline of cases within the migrant workers sector.
Phase 2 is a pivotal point in Singapore’s reopening as it marks a lifting of restrictions for retail and the f&b industry. You can now look forward to shopping in physical stores, and dining in at your favourite restaurants. Note that human traffic at malls will be limited to a smaller capacity, and liquor sales and consumption must stop by 10:30pm.
You’re also free to catch up with your friends as small group gatherings of up to five people are now allowed. Households can now receive up to five people.
As personal health and wellness activities resume, you can get those eyelash extensions done at last, head to your IPL sessions, and treat your exhausted muscles to a massage. For fitspo, gyms and fitness studios will also reopen.
More activities that will resume, according to Gov.sg include:
- Parks, playgrounds, beaches, swimming complexes, sport halls, function rooms, and similar facilities in private condominiums and clubs
- Registered clubs and societies
- Home-based services
- All healthcare services, including face-to-face visits at residential facilities for the elderly
- Tuition and other private enrichment classes (with the exception of singing or vocal lessons)
What’s not allowed to open yet are bars and clubs, and entertainment venues like cinemas, theatres, karaoke outlets, and attractions (both indoor and outdoor). Telecommuting for work remains the default. Libraries and museums remain closed, while events such as exhibitions and concerts are unable to resume for now.
Social distancing still applies
While life in Singapore gradually returns to normal, be mindful that this doesn’t mean that the threat of COVID-19 is gone. Safety management measures must still be in place. Social distancing of at least a metre apart must be adhered to.
Whatever exciting plans you have up ahead, Co-chair of the multi-ministry task force, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong wants you to remember that the virus is still here. Moving into Phase 2 does not mean “we can all let our guard down,” he cautioned.