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Businesses welcome wage support, other measures in $1.1b Covid-19 relief package

The additional wage support during this period of tightened measures is a much-needed relief for firms, said business and trade associations. Businesses welcomed the $1.1 billion Covid-19 support package announced by MOF on Fri, which comes as Singapore…

One-off $500 assistance for NEA-managed hawker centre and market stallholders

Hawker centre and market stallholders bearing the brunt of tightened Covid-19 restrictions will receive a one-off cash assistance of $500 per stallholder, as part of relief measures announced by MOF on Fri. The new Market and Hawker Centre…

Rental help for SME tenants in commercial properties

Eligible tenants of commercial properties will get additional help with rent payments, as Singapore tightens restrictions to curb Covid-19 infections in the community. SMEs and eligible non-profit organisations with an annual revenue not exceeding $100 million qualify for…

AirAsia food delivery off to slow start in S’pore; CEO Tony Fernandes says it will take time to grow

AirAsia’s food delivery service in Singapore is off to a slow start in the four months since it launched, with just about 100 orders daily. AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes provided the update on Thurs. But he said the…

Two new SGUnited courses to help job seekers upgrade digitalisation skills

Job seekers looking to upgrade their digitalisation skills and improve their employability in the technology and built environment sectors can now look forward to two new courses. SSG will roll out both courses under the SGUnited Jobs and…

New scheme in Bukit Merah to help feuding neighbours and avoid escalation to courts

Feuding neighbours living in Bukit Merah will be linked by a NPC to a social service agency at an early stage before the dispute escalates and ends up in court. In a new pilot scheme under Project Restore…

Meal areas set up in malls, community centres for front-line workers

Meal areas have been set up in malls and CCs for front-line workers to have their meals as Singapore tightens measures for the coming weeks to stem Covid-19 infections. About 30 such venues have been set up across…

F&B and beauty sectors in Singapore adjust to mandatory Covid-19 testing

For one F&B business, mandatory Covid-19 tests for employees, in place since July 15, have become a part of its SOP, even as dining in is no longer allowed under tightened measures that kicked in on Thurs. As…

Nuanced approach better than blanket curbs in dealing with rising Covid-19 infections in S’pore

The large number of people here infected with Covid-19 in recent days has been alarming. It jumped from single digits in the first third of the month to double digits in the week following that. MTF reacted the…

Quiet zones will make Singapore a more appealing global city

The morning air was chilled from a night of rain. I walked along Tanjong Beach as dawn broke, sinking my feet into the sand. Picking a spot close to where the water lapped at the ocean’s edge, I…

Avoid knee-jerk reaction of cancelling NDP

I am glad that the remaining rehearsals for the National Day Parade (NDP) and the parade itself will go ahead as planned. I have been to two rehearsals the past two Sat. On the first occasion, I watched…

Current situation justifies not holding NDP

In view of Singapore reverting to phase two (heightened alert) in its fight against Covid-19, perhaps the authorities should consider not holding the NDP or at least reorganising the structure and content of the event. Singaporeans all understand…

Can flat owners refuse essential improvement works?

I am a resident of Pandan Gardens, where the HIP is currently going on. The essential improvements include replacing cast iron waste/soil/vent pipes. However, I understand that some of my neighbours were given the option to keep their…

Time-based use of public amenities will benefit many people

I was inspired by the article in ST by Associate Professor Sara Hendren, “Use time as an urban design tool to reimagine our cities” (July 20). This concept is not new here. Singapore piloted the temporary pedestrianisation of…

If safe distancing ambassadors can’t help, what can public do?

Despite the recent spike in Covid-19 cases, I continue to see people who are not cooperating with measures such as social distancing and wearing masks. I recently saw a group of five seniors seated at a makeshift table…

Appoint freelance plainclothes safe distancing enforcing officers to help out with policing

Despite tightened Covid-19 curbs, I still see many tables with more than two patrons at coffee shops. As a socially responsible person who abides by the rules, I find myself helpless when I see such scenarios. Besides taking…

Police sorry for wrongly asking restaurant to close

We refer to Mr Goh Tong Hann’s letter, “Restaurant mistaken for nightlife venue that pivoted to F&B” (July 20). We apologise to Mr Goh for the unpleasant experience, and the anxiety that was caused. Our officers had wrongly…

MAS chief says wealth tax could tackle wealth inequality in Singapore

The chief of Singapore’s central bank said there may be a need for a property gains tax or an inheritance tax to address wealth inequality in the Republic, which he noted will worsen over time if price increases…

AGO finds heritage items improperly deleted from NHB records, tender bids not evaluated

AGO on Thurs flagged to the President key lapses by NHB in record keeping and the approval of tenders. Heritage items were missing from the records, bids in tenders were not evaluated, and purchases were often made from…

People’s Association files police report over possible irregularities flagged by AGO

AGO has flagged several lapses and possible irregularities related to PA’s mgmt of two large development projects, Our Tampines Hub (OTH) and Heartbeat @ Bedok (HBB). On Thurs, PA said it has taken immediate steps to review the mgmt of…

Wet markets, hawker centres and coffee shops go quiet as S’pore returns to stricter Covid-19 curbs

The usual din was missing at wet markets, hawker centres and coffee shops as tighter Covid-19 safety rules kicked in on Thurs. When ST visited wet markets in Telok Blangah, Geylang Bahru, Amoy Street, Toa Payoh West and…

Major cinema chains in S’pore ready to return to tighter Covid-19 curbs

Three major cinema chains have told BT that they are ready to return to the phase two (heightened alert) measures from Thurs, with some stating their disappointment at the reintroduction of restrictions. Mr Mark Shaw, director of Shaw…

Time to bring back circuit breaker

The situation with the Jurong Fishery Port and KTV clusters, which are growing bigger by the day, is certainly alarming. Not surprisingly, the number of unlinked cases has increased into the double digits too. Hence, although roughly half…

Replacing parts will not totally stop false fire alarm activations

From my experience as a building fire safety manager, it is worth noting that the progressive replacement of fire heat detectors ahead of schedule will not resolve the matter of recurring fire alarm activations. There are various factors…

Using land to better reflect shared space

The consultative approach being taken to the development of Singapore’s long-term land use plans reflects the aim of the authorities here to engage citizens and look ahead amid the current economic storm created by globalisation, digitalisation, decarbonisation, and…

S’pore restaurants see surge of bookings before dining-in ban resumes under tighter Covid-19 rules

F&B operators saw a surge of last-minute bookings after Tues’s announcement that dining in is no longer allowed from Thurs to Aug 18 under Covid-19 phase two (heightened alert) rules. Clan 7, a Chinese restaurant in Lorong Chuan…

New restaurants in Singapore make the best of a stressful situation with dining in off the table again

New restaurants are feeling the heat from the changing rules for dining in. Over the last two months, these went from no dining in to two people allowed to five vaccinated people to no dining in again. Chef-partner…

S’pore pre-schools tighten Covid-19 measures

Pre-schools are tightening their safe mgmt rules from Thurs, in line with national phase two (heightened alert) guidelines, as large Covid-19 clusters emerged here recently. In a letter to parents, ECDA said all parents, including those of newly…

Don’t ask security officers for help with buying food, watering plants: Association

Security officers should not be asked to change light bulbs or water plants, and neither should they buy food, collect letters or pick up deliveries for residents, said SAS. Their role is linked to key tasks such as…

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…

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