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Orchard Road malls and Changi Airport ‘ghost towns’ amid stricter social distancing measures

From one city to the next, Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on people’s lives across the globe, as well as impacted many of their livelihoods. In Singapore, there is no doubt that retail companies, small businesses and F&B operations…

HDB Open Booking of Flats: Is it better and cheaper than resale?

Okay, so we did our research on HDB’s new Open Booking of Flats platform to see how it compares to buying a flat from the resale market. And we wanted to give you an analysis as to the…

Commercial property purchase and the rules you should be mindful of

In Singapore, there are two ways to do a commercial property purchase as an individual or as a corporation via private limited or LLP. If you are making a commercial property purchase as an individual, do bear in…

Nightlife operators reminded to follow COVID-19 safe distancing measures amid concerns of people congregating at ‘farewell’ events

Nightlife operators must continue to “strictly implement” safe distancing measures ahead of the closure of their venues, said Singapore Tourism Board, ESG and SPF on Wed. “We are aware a number of nightlife operators intend to host ‘farewell’…

MOM reminds employers not to let safety slip at the workplace amid Covid-19 outbreak

Employers should not ignore workers’ safety even as they adjust work arrangements amid the evolving Covid-19 situation, Minister of State for National Development Zaqy Mohamad has said. Six workers have died in separate workplace accidents since mid-Feb, four…

Tougher measures to protect Singapore’s wildlife passed in Parliament

Amendments to the Wild Animals and Birds Act (Waba), now called the Wildlife Act, were passed with broad support among MP and NMP on Wed. First tabled in Parliament on Mar 6, the changes make it illegal to…

Student fined S$17,000 for importing 23 tarantulas, keeping another 20 in Bedok flat

A NTU undergraduate was fined S$17,000 on Wed, after admitting to keeping almost two dozen tarantulas in his Bedok North flat. Two of them — a Mexican red knee and a Mexican redleg — are protected under Cites.…

NMPs urge Govt to roll out safe-distancing measures on public transport

Two NMPs have called for measures to keep commuters at a safe distance from one another on public transport during the Covid-19 pandemic. NMP Mohamed Irshad told the House on Wed that in MRT stations and at bus…

Businesses push for fair tenancy law as grouses against landlords resurface amid Covid-19 outbreak

Five years ago, a committee under SBF came up with guidelines that were aimed at putting a stop to unfair leasing practices, in a bid to create a more balanced playing field between landlords and tenants. The imbalance…

Covid-19: All govt-run columbaria to be closed on weekends, public holidays, until April 26

All government-run columbaria will close on weekends and public holidays until Apr 26, with added restrictions for visitors on weekdays in light of the current Covid-19 situation, said NEA on Wed. The announcement was made a week before…

About 940,000 HDB households to receive S$134 million in S&CC rebates

Around 940,000 Singaporean HDB households will receive S$134 million worth of S&CC rebates in the 2020 financial year (from Apr 2020 to Mar 2021). This is part of the Government’s Care and Support Package announced as part of…

Covid-19: Latest rules for new launch condo showflats

1) Shorter opening hours for showflats – Ever since control measures have come into effect, showflats have cut down on operating hours, particularly on weekdays. Do take note that even if you turn up during operating hours, that…

Office markets in APAC may turn more occupier-friendly: Cushman & Wakefield

As landlords scramble to protect long-term tenant relationships and defend against increasingly attractive incentive packages from their competitors, occupiers may have the upperhand when negotiating for enhanced lease terms, according to C&W. Growth in Grade-A CBD rents is…

COVID-19: MOM not extending housing support to firms with Malaysian workers beyond 31 March

MOM said on Wed that it will not be extending the temporary housing support beyond end-Mar, following news of Malaysia extending its Movement Control Order (MCO). Malaysia announced on Wed that it will be extending its MCO by…

COVID-19: All courses, organised and interest group activities at CCs and RCs to be suspended – PA

All courses, organised activities and interest group activities at CCs, RCs centres and other PA facilities will be suspended from Fri until 30 Apr, PA said on Wed. The move follows the tighter safe distancing measures announced by…

Not all-gloomy: retail sales shift to supermarkets

As local communities are panicking over the COVID-19 pandemic, retail demand has turned to supermarkets as grocery sales followed the same boost seen during SARS in 2003, according to DBS Group Research. Travellers being grounded in Singapore amidst…

Home launches in CCR break 2019 record with 525 units in Q4

This chart from Edmund Tie revealed that Q4 recorded the highest number of uncompleted residential launches in CCR with 525 units. This supported new sales with a total of 402 units being transacted in the region. In 2019,…

Coronavirus may hit Singapore REITs harder than the financial crisis

The coronavirus outbreak may hit Singapore REITs harder than the global financial crisis did, according to Jefferies Financial Group. Singapore announced on Tues its strictest measures yet to combat the spread of the virus, including shutting bars and…

Coronavirus: DBS teams up with local technology start-ups to help F&B clients attract online customers

F&B firms reeling from dwindling business amid the coronavirus outbreak can tap on a new scheme by DBS to attract online customers. DBS on Wed announced a new F&B digital relief package which will enable businesses to set…

Companies complying with social distancing guidelines

All kinds of companies, from factories to banks, have implemented safe distancing measures as recommended by the Government to stop the spread of Covid-19, though some continue to face challenges. A check with 10 firms yesterday revealed that…

Facility set up for patients who are well but test positive for virus

Patients who are well enough to not require hospitalisation but still test positive for the coronavirus will be moved to a new isolation facility to ensure that hospitals can cope with a possible surge in the number of…

Don’t let customers help themselves to utensils

I was recently queueing at a food stall when a man in front of me turned to one side and sneezed into his hands. When his turn came to order, he used his right hand to pick out…

Consider closing three airport terminals for the time being

Many airlines are cutting their scheduled flights worldwide due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, all four terminals at Changi Airport are almost empty. The authorities should consider closing three terminals temporarily and leave just one operating…

Broader impact of helping to house Malaysian workers

I refer to the letter “Reconsider subsidy for firms to house workers from Malaysia” by Mr Thong Choong Hung (Mar 23). Due to the sudden implementation of a movement control order in Malaysia, business operations in Singapore would…

Sibor dive triggers fresh battle in mortgage rate cuts

Banks are revising their home loan offerings by increasing spreads in their floating rate packages while lowering their fixed rates as Sibor plunged in response to the Fed’s two off-cycle rate cuts in Mar. Among the banks that…

Some MRT stations on East-West, North-South lines to close early for renewal works

Some stations along NSEWL will close early between Apr and June for maintenance and renewal works, said SMRT on Wed. In Apr, four MRT stations on EWL from Bedok to Paya Lebar will close earlier at about 11pm…

Cinemas in Singapore to close until end of April 2020

As an extra precaution in curbing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Singapore Government yesterday announced that all entertainment venues island-wide will be temporarily closed until 30 Apr 2020. These include all the cinemas currently operating in…

New measures could have been avoided if social distancing was taken more seriously: Expert

Singapore’s latest move, to shut entertainment outlets such as bars, clubs and cinemas, could have been avoided if more Singaporeans had taken social distancing seriously. Professor Dale Fisher, chair of WHO’s Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, said…

Community must tackle homelessness, say panellists

The community as a whole needs to be involved to help the homeless stay off the streets, said panellists in a discussion about the issue on Tues. Individuals, businesses and organisations should be encouraged to share their resources…

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