From 7 Apr 2020, Singapore entered the circuit breaker period, in order to pre-empt escalating COVID-19 infections. During this time, Singaporeans are advised to stay home as much as possible.
In tandem with the circuit breaker, a new law [the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020] was passed in Parliament on 7 Apr. To reduce the risk of infection, the new law bans all gatherings with family or friends who do not live together. Gatherings at home, public spaces (like HDB void decks and parks) are also banned.
With these new regulations, you may have questions on what you can or can’t do. Here are answers to some of them.
Q: When can I leave the house?
A: You may only leave the house for one or more or the following reasons:
- To work for or with an essential service provider, specified schools or early childhood development centres
- To send your child to childcare if you and your spouse work for an essential service provider
- To get essential goods and services like buying groceries, cutting hair or doing laundry
- To exercise alone or with others you live with in green or open spaces
- To seek medical help for suspected COVID-19 infection or other urgent treatment
- To provide assistance to seniors (60 years and above) or individuals with physical or mental disability
- To seek or render help in an emergency
- To comply with the law (eg. court order)
- To report for National Service
- To move house
- To leave Singapore