Near-total lockdown in Singapore announced

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on April 3 on national television announced a near-total lockdown of the city-state for at least a month, with people told to stay at home and most workplaces ordered to close, while all schools and universities will switch to home-based learning after an alarming increase in unlinked local cases.

Workplaces, except those for essential services and strategic economic sectors, will close from April 7, while full home-based learning will start on April 8, the prime minister said. The order also includes the closure of all entertainment venues such as night clubs, discos, karaoke outlets, cinemas and theatres. All religious services and congregations have also been suspended, as have service outlets such as hair dressers, beauty and massage salons, cosmetic clinics, gyms, sport arenas and the like.

“We have kept the outbreak under control, but looking at the trend I am worried that unless we take further steps, things will get worse,” he added.

The measures come as confirmed cases of local transmission and unlinked infections in the country have risen in recent weeks.

“We have decided that instead of tightening incrementally over the next few weeks, we should make a decisive move now in orderto pre-empt escalating infections,” Loong said.

Food and drinks only per takeaway or delivery

However, food establishments, markets and supermarkets, medical clinics, hospitals, utilities, transport and key banking services will remain open. But beginning with April 7, all restaurants, hawker centers, coffee shops, food courts and other food and beverage outlets will remain open only for takeaway or delivery.

Singaporeans will also have to adjust to the following restrictions:

Movements and gatherings of people will be tightened amid the spread of the coronavirus. People should stay at home as much as possible, avoid socialising with others outside of their households and only go out to do essential things.

Gatherings should be confined to a household and Singaporeans should avoid visiting extended family members who do not live with them, especially if they are elderly or vulnerable, he added.

The government will further stop discouraging the general public from wearing face masks in public, and will distribute reusable masks from April 5.

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on April 3 on national television announced a near-total lockdown of the city-state for at least a month, with people told to stay at home and most workplaces ordered to close, while all schools and universities will switch to home-based learning after an alarming increase in unlinked local cases. Workplaces, except those for essential services and strategic economic sectors, will close from April 7, while full home-based learning will start on April 8, the prime minister said. The order also includes the closure of all entertainment venues such as night clubs, discos, karaoke outlets,...

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on April 3 on national television announced a near-total lockdown of the city-state for at least a month, with people told to stay at home and most workplaces ordered to close, while all schools and universities will switch to home-based learning after an alarming increase in unlinked local cases.

Workplaces, except those for essential services and strategic economic sectors, will close from April 7, while full home-based learning will start on April 8, the prime minister said. The order also includes the closure of all entertainment venues such as night clubs, discos, karaoke outlets, cinemas and theatres. All religious services and congregations have also been suspended, as have service outlets such as hair dressers, beauty and massage salons, cosmetic clinics, gyms, sport arenas and the like.

“We have kept the outbreak under control, but looking at the trend I am worried that unless we take further steps, things will get worse,” he added.

The measures come as confirmed cases of local transmission and unlinked infections in the country have risen in recent weeks.

“We have decided that instead of tightening incrementally over the next few weeks, we should make a decisive move now in orderto pre-empt escalating infections,” Loong said.

Food and drinks only per takeaway or delivery

However, food establishments, markets and supermarkets, medical clinics, hospitals, utilities, transport and key banking services will remain open. But beginning with April 7, all restaurants, hawker centers, coffee shops, food courts and other food and beverage outlets will remain open only for takeaway or delivery.

Singaporeans will also have to adjust to the following restrictions:

Movements and gatherings of people will be tightened amid the spread of the coronavirus. People should stay at home as much as possible, avoid socialising with others outside of their households and only go out to do essential things.

Gatherings should be confined to a household and Singaporeans should avoid visiting extended family members who do not live with them, especially if they are elderly or vulnerable, he added.

The government will further stop discouraging the general public from wearing face masks in public, and will distribute reusable masks from April 5.

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