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Delays in new project launches as Phase 2 heightened measures return

Market sentiment took a beating following the government announcement that Singapore will be returning to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) from July 22 until Aug 18. CEA informed property agents that in line with the tightened restrictions, the number…

Retightening of measures a step back, but Covid-19 is a ‘formidable foe’: PM Lee

Going back to more stringent Covid-19 curbs will help to slow the spread of infections, and avert the prospect of multiple sub-clusters emerging around each market and food centre, said PM Lee on Tues. The retightening will also…

Singapore on the way to living with Covid-19, but must overcome roadblocks: Gan Kim Yong

The nation is still en route to living with endemic Covid-19, but must be prepared to make adjustments along the way, MTI Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Tues. He was responding to a question on whether it…

Covid-19 vaccination rates, immunity after infection allow some countries to reopen faster than S’pore: Ong Ye Kung

Several countries have eased Covid-19 restrictions faster than Singapore because of higher vaccination rates in the population and also on account of the number of people who developed immunity after they were infected, said Health Minister Ong Ye…

19 mosques in S’pore to allow 2 zones of 50 congregants for prayer sessions as Covid-19 measures are tightened

Nineteen mosques will allow two zones of 50 congregants each per prayer session for those who have successfully completed vaccination or undergone Covid-19 testing. These mosques could previously have up to five zones of 50 each per session…

Businesses, workers affected by tightened Covid-19 rules to get govt support

Businesses and workers affected by the tightened safe mgmt measures from July 22 to Aug 18 will get help from the Government through a new package of targeted support measures. Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said this package will…

NDP to continue as planned; Mindef to review scale of parade, safety measures

NDP will proceed as planned and Mindef is reviewing its scale to ensure that all the necessary safe mgmt measures are adhered to. National Day is an important national event and so the parade is going ahead as…

Schools to remain open, no school-based Covid-19 spread from recent cases: Lawrence Wong

Schools will stay open in spite of the current spike in Covid-19 cases, said Finance Minister Lawrence Wong on Tues. There have been no school-based transmissions linked to the recent infections. He said: “When it comes to schools,…

Indoor mask-off sports and exercise activities to cease from July 22 amid tighter Covid-19 rules

Strenuous indoor sports and exercise classes, which require participants to take their masks off, will cease from Thurs, following a tightening of restrictions by MTF on Tues. The tightened measures mark a return to phase two (heightened alert)…

Covid-19: Frustrated F&B operators accept rationale of latest measures but hope Govt, landlords offer more aid

The latest round of dining-in restrictions, which come into force on Thurs, came as no surprise to many F&B operators, who told TODAY that they had already seen the writing on the wall due to the surge in…

Back to Phase 2 (heightened alert): Dining-in to be banned, gathering size capped at 2 from July 22 to Aug 18

Social gathering sizes will be capped at two persons and dining-in will be banned from Thurs to Aug 18, as the authorities seek to put a lid on the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in the community. “We…

Covid-19: Event sizes to be cut, but wedding receptions can still have up to 100 people with pre-event testing

The authorities on Tues announced that it will scale down permissible event sizes in the wake of a spike in the number of coronavirus infections in the community, though a “special provision” will be granted for wedding receptions…

COVID: Singapore reports 195 new cases; 142 linked to Jurong port cluster

MOH on Tues confirmed 195 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country’s total case count to 63,440. There are 182 new cases of locally transmitted infections, of which 142 are linked to the Jurong Fishery Port cluster…

Mandatory SafeEntry for all Singapore wet markets, hawker centres: MOH

Mandatory SafeEntry check-ins at wet markets and hawker centres across Singapore will be progressively implemented over the coming weeks, said MOH on Tues. “This means that everyone entering wet markets and hawker centres must check in with their…

What CapitaLand’s restructure means for its REITs

If everything goes according to plan, and shareholders vote in favour of the various inter-dependent resolutions at CapitaLand’s EGM and scheme meeting on Aug 10, CapitaLand Investment (CLI) is likely to make its debut on Sept 17. Based…

Hari Raya Haji prayers a quiet affair at S’pore mosques, conducted with safe management measures in place

More than 18,000 people flocked to mosques across Singapore on Tues for their congregational Hari Raya Haji prayers. It was a quiet affair compared with pre-pandemic times, when more than 66,000 congregants across the 66 mosques – 1,000…

Woman to be charged over alleged operation of unlicensed massage establishment in Ang Mo Kio

A 53-year-old woman will be charged in court on Wed over her suspected involvement in operating an unlicensed massage establishment in Ang Mo Kio. She was found providing massage services allegedly without a valid licence at a unit…

Pivoted nightlife venues in S’pore could reopen for F&B after two weeks if Covid-19 rules are strictly followed

Pivoted nightlife establishments may be able to resume their F&B operations after two weeks if checks by government agencies show Covid-19 protocols are in place and strictly adhered to. On Tues Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said the reopening…

Not all nightlife establishments operating amid Covid-19 complied with requirements: SPF, SFA

Many of the more than 400 nightlife establishment operators in Singapore have fully complied with Covid-19 requirements. But some have not been responsible, with nearly 600 breaches detected since Oct last year, said SPF and SFA on Tues.…

New hub gives firms taste of artificial intelligence

A facility offering immersive experiences with AI was launched on Mon to encourage firms to experiment with and develop AI innovations for their businesses. Hong Kong-based AI company SenseTime also announced partnerships with Business China and ITE to…

10 more markets and food centres, 2 KTV clubs linked to Covid-19 cases: MOH

New Covid-19 infections have been detected among fishmongers working at 10 more markets and food centres, MOH said. They are Albert Centre Market and Food Centre, Ang Mo Kio Central Market and Food Centre, 630 Bedok Reservoir Road…

Jurong Fishery Port cluster: No evidence of COVID-19 transmission through contaminated fish, says MOH

There is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 transmission occurred through contaminated fish, said director of medical services at MOH Kenneth Mak on Tues. “We believe that the fish that we still consume and enjoy remain safe for…

Action taken against 66 companies for failing to comply with COVID-19 measures at workplaces: MOM

Enforcement action has been taken against 66 companies since May 16 for failing to comply with COVID-19 measures at workplaces, said MOM on Tues. This was after receiving more than 3,500 pieces of feedback relating to workplace safe…

OneService app to change how it labels ‘closed’ cases; adds HDB home renovation notices

MSO has changed the way it labels closed cases on its OneService App to better reflect the status of the feedback on the ground. This is one of the several enhancements it has made to the app, a…

Construction of Ang Mo Kio station on Cross Island Line to start in Q4

Construction on the Ang Mo Kio interchange MRT station on CRL is expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2021, said LTA on Tues. Passenger service is projected to start in 2030, it added. When completed, the…

Oxley’s two residential projects obtain TOP

Oxley Holdings has obtained TOP for two more residential development projects in Singapore—Sea Pavilion Residences and Sixteen35 Residences—last month. Situated at 494 Upper East Coast Road, Sea Pavilion Residences is a five-storey boutique condominium featuring 24 apartment units.…

Ensure pilot schemes to bring migrant workers in are well thought through

Plans have been announced to launch pilot programmes to bring in workers from India for the construction, marine and process sectors and migrant domestic workers from the Philippines and Indonesia. This is a necessary part of planning for…

Restaurant mistaken for nightlife venue that pivoted to F&B

I opened the restaurant of my dreams in Jan, jumping at the opportunity because of favourable rent when we took over what was previously an ailing nightclub venue in a prime downtown area. The past six months have…

Consider high tables at hawker centres, coffee shops

Dining out during the Covid-19 pandemic is considered a risky activity, especially when we stay at dining places for long periods unmasked, in large groups. High tables, or bar tables, would allow those who are willing and able…

Test foreign crew of fishing vessels for Covid-19, offer vaccination

The recent outbreak of Covid-19 cases involving fishmongers and linked to Jurong Fishery Port is deeply worrying, with spillover effects on the community, businesses and food security. Similar to conducting pre-entry ART and offering free vaccination to Malaysian…

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