SRA COVID-19 Updates - Support Measures for Extended Circuit Breaker

Providing an important update with regards to the COVID-19 situation in Singapore. The Government is taking more steps to break the transmission of COVID-19. The Circuit Breakers will be extended by another 4 weeks until 1 June 2020 (inclusive). Tighter measures were announced yesterday by the Multi-Ministry Taskforce. More details in the press release here. We have summarised the key measures and support that the Government will extend to Businesses and Individuals during the extended Circuit Breaker Period. 
SRA urges all retailers to cooperate with the extended measures and play our part to break the transmission of COVID-19. Do take this time to diversify your sales channels and upskill your workers by taking advantage of our various webinars/training sessions lined up next month. Stay tuned to our website and facebook page for more details. 
Stay safe and healthy ! 
Warmest Regards,
SRA Secretariat
Support Measures for Extended Circuit Breaker
To cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the extension of the circuit breaker period till 1 June 2020, the Government will provide even more support for Singapore workers and businesses :
  • The Government will extend the 75% wage support under the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) across all sectors for the month of May.
  • The JSS will be extended to cover wages of employees of a company who are also shareholder-directors.
  • Note: The JSS payouts are intended to offset and protect local employees’ wages. Employers who put local employees on mandatory no-pay-leave or retrench them will not be entitled to the enhanced JSS payout for those employees. For more info on the JSS scheme, click on the IRAS link here.
  • The Foreign Worker Levy (FWL) waiver and FWL rebate will be extended by another month
These measures, in addition to those announced in the previous 3 Budgets, work together to help Singaporeans cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read more here.

Tightened list of essential services and measures for workplaces that remain open

The Multi-Ministry Taskforce has announced that fewer businesses will be permitted to operate during the Circuit Breaker. This will further reduce the number of workers who have to physically go to work, so that we can minimise the movement and interaction of people, and curb the spread of COVID-19. The Government will introduce the following additional measures targeted at workplaces:
    a. Suspend the operations of less critical consumer services with effect from 21 April 2020, 2359hrs;
    b. Place additional restrictions on selected consumer-facing businesses to further reduce customer interactions with effect from 21 April 2020, 2359hrs;
    c. Reduce the number of businesses allowed to operate at their work premises. Affected businesses will be notified by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and have 24 hours upon notification to wind down their business operations completely. 
More details about these new measures can be found here.
Businesses which had earlier received approvals by MTI to operate during the original Circuit Breaker period from 7 April 2020 to 4 May 2020 can continue doing so until 1 June 2020. MTI will notify those businesses that have to suspend operations.

Additional safeguards against community transmission

For workplace premises which remain open, employers must put in place effective measures to avoid transmission of COVID-19 at and across workplace premises. This includes:
    a. Not allowing teams working in different locations to interact physically with one another;
    b. Implementing safe distancing measures at every workplace premise;
    c. Ensuring workers wear masks at the workplaces;
    d. Ensuring workers log their entry into and exit from their workplaces using SafeEntry
Businesses must ensure that their foreign workers have appropriate housing options to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19. With effect from 21 April 2020, 2359hrs, daily movement of workers in and out of all dormitories will no longer be allowed. Workers living in the dormitories who had earlier been allowed to commute to work will no longer be allowed to do so.
For all enquiries on the latest measures, please write to Enterprise Singapore at or call 6898 1800. The phone lines will be open from 8.30am to 8.30pm on 22 April 2020, and 8.30am to 5.30pm daily thereafter. 



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