COVID-19

Safe Distancing Measures

Essential Services for Food-Related Sector

In line with the elevated set of safe distancing measures announced by the Government on 3 Apr 2020, companies providing essential services and in selected economic sectors which are critical for our local and the global supply chains will continue. The food-related sector is one of the essential services that will continue to operate to support Singapore's daily needs.

However, with effect from 21 Apr 2020. 2359hrs, standalone outlets (excluding those in hawker centres, food courts and coffeeshops) that sell only beverages, packaged snacks, confectioneries or desserts (see Annex 1 for examples), as well as F&B outlets (including food vending machines) in parks will be required to close their outlets. Online retail of these products is allowed, only if they are fulfilled from the licensed central kitchen, manufacturing facility or warehouse of the F&B establishment (if applicable). The manufacturing facility must not be part of the list indicated in Annex 2, in line with restrictions to reduce the number of businesses allowed to operate.

On 02 May 2020, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) announced that it will ease of the tighter circuit breaker measures, which were announced on 21 April 2020, progressively over the coming weeks. This is in preparation for the safe and gradual resumption of economic and community activities after the end of the Circuit Breaker period on 01 June 2020.
 
From 12 May 2020 onwards, selected F&B operations will be allowed to resume their operations. This includes the manufacturing and on-site preparation of cakes and confectionary, ice cream, cocoa, chocolate and chocolate products as well as other snacks that were previously suspended on 21 April 2020. However, standalone stores (excluding those in hawker centres, food courts and coffeeshops) predominantly selling beverages must remain closed during the Circuit Breaker period. Online retail of these products is allowed, only if they are fulfilled from the licensed central kitchen of the F&B establishment (if applicable). F&B outlets (including food vending machines) in parks will remain closed. Kindly refer to Annex A and Annex B for the list of F&B categories and the list of manufacturing facilities that can resume operations.
 
All F&B establishments that are allowed to continue operations can only do so for takeaway and/or delivery during the Circuit Breaker period. Dining-in is not permitted
 

During the Circuit Breaker period, home-based food businesses which had to cease operations from 21 April 2020, 2359hrs will be allowed to resume operations from 12 May 2020 for delivery and collection only, subject to compliance with the Guidelines on Safe Distancing Measures. Such home-based food businesses will be allowed to accept and prepare ahead for orders that will be fulfilled from 12 May 2020. Home-based private dining will not be allowed.

 

With the gradual decline in the number of local cases, the Government is putting in place plans for gradual and selective resumption of economic activities. To prevent the re-emergence of community cases, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has announced on 9 May 2020 that workplaces should begin to put in place Safe Management Measures ahead of time. Read here for the Joint Advisory issued on 16 May 2020 for more details.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Contact Information

Businesses can go to covid.gobusiness.gov.sg for more information regarding the temporary suspension of activities.

 

Alternatively you may contact Ministry of Trade and Industry Singapore (MTI) at

+65 6898 1800

(Monday to Sunday, 8am to 8pm)

safedistancing@enterprisesg.gov.sg