COVID-19: Government restrictions in Singapore

* Updated following Prime Minister Lee's speech on 21 April 2020 at 5pm SGT.

On 3 April 2020 as the COVID-19 situation worsened in Singapore, the government announced the closure of all workplace premises and retail outlets except for those deemed essential to support the daily living needs of the population during the "circuit breaker" period from 7 April 2020 and 4 May 2020. On 21 April 2020 the circuit breaker period was further extended until 1 June 2020. During this period the population is compelled to only leave their homes for vital tasks such as purchasing food or essential items, and for exercise. When undertaking such tasks, safe distancing measures must be observed at all times. Masks must be worn in public at all times, with an exception for when exercising. We are beginning to see enforcement action being taken against those who leave their homes without good reason. For example, on 10 April 2019 2,900 "stern warnings" and 40 fines were issued for breach of the elevated safe distancing measures. With people still failing to comply, warnings are no longer given and fines of SG$300 are issued for first offense, increasing to SG$10,000 for second offense.

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