By now, many of you would’ve heard the news of tighter COVID-19 restrictions being implemented across the country, following the sudden rise of clusters within the community. On May 4, the Education Minister and Co-Chair of the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF), Lawrence Wong, announced that Singapore will be “effectively back” to Phase 2 from May 8 to May 30.
After having a consistent track record of little to no community cases in the last few months, along with being recognised as the ‘world’s best place to be during COVID’, this is considered to be the “worst spate of COVID-19 community infections in close to a year”.
As we gear up for what’s to come, here are 4 things businesses across all sectors need to know.
In line with the enhanced Phase 2 rules, companies and their staff are strongly urged to return to flexible work arrangements and staggered working hours, and work from home as far as possible. Compared to the current rules that allow for 75% capacity in the workplace, no more than 50% of staff should be in the office at any one time.
If the nature of your business allows for it, do prioritise work-from-home or remote arrangements as much as you can to safeguard the well-being of your employees.
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Social gatherings will now be capped at groups of five, down from the previous capacity of eight people. In the same way, house visits will also go down to five visitors a day as well. Individuals are also advised to limit their social gatherings to two a day or even fewer to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Out of all the industries, businesses in the F&B, events, and relevant service sectors will be the most impacted by this shift. To adapt to this change, these industries will need to take on sector-specific measures such as turning to digital solutions and platforms to conduct operations or the digitisation of customer interaction.
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To cope with isolation and the happening all around us, many working Singaporeans have turned to exercise during the pandemic. Unfortunately, fitness enthusiasts will have to turn to home workouts for now as indoor gyms and fitness studios are set to close during this time.
But despite the closure of indoor venues, organised outdoor exercises classes may still commence as long as each class is capped at 30 participants.
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From business-to-business (B2B) gatherings, music performances, to weddings, the gradual reintroduction of pilot events has brought about a resurgence in the local events industry this year—considering the tumultuous storm they had to weather in 2020.
But with the new restrictions, venues and events will be heavily impacted as well. If you are in the business of events and venues, here’s a list of things you need to take note of:
If you are organising an event such as a music performance or a business seminar, tap into live streaming services to maximise your exposure beyond your physical attendance and provide a channel of communication for your audiences to interact with you.
While this crisis is unlikely to hinder Singapore’s progress and recovery as a whole, we must still be cautious and take the necessary steps to keep our companies, employees, customers, and ourselves safe. If Singaporeans cooperate and comply with the new measures, there’s a good chance that we’ll be seeing a decrease in case numbers and clusters, ultimately bringing us back to where we were with the situation under control.
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