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Advisory on COVID-19 for businesses
19 Mar 2020 Updated 20 Nov 2020

Safe Management Measures

The Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) announced on 19 May that Singapore would exit the Circuit Breaker from 2 June and resume activities in three phases. On 15 June, the MTF announced that Phase 2 will commence on 19 June, with the resumption of most activities.

To provide a safe environment for all customers and workers, F&B establishments, retail establishments and lifestyle-related services currently in operation must implement Safe Management Measures, as required by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), and comply with the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations. The information in this advisory supersedes that in previous advisories or statements.

The following Safe Management Measures, which include the earlier Safe Distancing Measures, are for:

 

Food & Beverage (F&B) Establishments

F&B establishments are required to comply with the measures set out by Enterprise Singapore (ESG), Housing & Development Board (HDB), Singapore Food Agency (SFA), Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) below. The information in this advisory supersedes that in previous advisories or statements.

The list of businesses that are allowed to operate from 19 June 2020 can be found on MTI’s website. Businesses in this list do not need to apply to MTI for exemption before resuming operations. They are required to submit the number of workers who are working on-site using the GoBusiness portal within two weeks of the date of resumption of on-site operations.

For Phase 2:

  • F&B establishments1 can provide dine-in services, provided there is no provision of Public Entertainment2.
  • Sales and consumption of alcohol in all F&B establishments will be prohibited after 2230hrs daily. This includes consumption at any outdoor refreshment area (ORA) and/or tables/chairs3 owned or managed by such establishment. As a best practice, by around 2200hrs, F&B operators should start to cease the sale of alcohol as a dine-in service and remind patrons on the need to finish up their alcohol by 2230hrs.
  • F&B establishments may provide their venue for wedding receptions and solemnisations, as well as work-related events by third parties; they are required to comply with the Safe Management Measures for these events4.. Gatherings that are not work-related or beyond the current allowable group size of 5 are not permitted (e.g. social celebrations such as birthdays or work celebrations such as anniversaries, organised by the enterprise).
  • From 22 October 2020, work-related events (both non customer-facing and customer-facing5) were allowed to resume within the workplace premises and third-party venues, including F&B establishments.
    • These are subject to a cap of 50 persons or lower depending on venue capacity and must comply with safe distancing measures.
    • Ensure at least one-metre spacing between individuals at all times.
    • If food and drinks are provided, attendees must be seated, served individually, and minimise contact with one another while unmasked. Meal durations should be kept short to minimise the period that individuals are unmasked.
    • Events organised by F&B establishments within their own F&B premises are subject to the maximum number of individuals that the venue may accommodate after safe distancing measures are adhered to.
    • Events organised by external parties at F&B establishments (where the F&B premise now functions as a third-party venue) are subject to a cap of 50 persons6 or lower depending on venue capacity and they must comply with safe distancing measures. Each group must be limited to 5 or fewer persons, with at least one-metre spacing between groups. Meals should not be the main feature. If food and drinks are provided, attendees must be seated, served individually, and minimise contact with one another while unmasked. Meal durations should be kept short to minimise the period that individuals are unmasked.
    • Guidelines on entertainment must be adhered to. Prevailing Safe Management Measures as indicated in MOM’s Requirements for Safe Management Measures at the workplace7 continue to apply.
  • Such events are still not permitted at publicly accessible common spaces such as mall atriums, public transport nodes and HDB common areas.
1 These would be F&B establishments that are issued food shop licences by SFA, except those with SFA food shop licences under the Pubs, Bars, Nightclubs and Discos categories or SSIC codes starting with 5613.
2 Public Entertainment activities are as per defined under the Public Entertainments Act.
3 The furniture should be kept / secured in such manner after close of business.
4 Refer to the advisory at the GoBusiness portal for the Safe Management Measures on Marriage Solemnisations and Wedding Receptions.
5 Non customer-facing events include conferences, seminars, corporate retreats, etc, while customer-facing events include product launches, F&B establishment openings, marketing/branding events, workshops etc.
6 This would exclude the premise staff.
7 Refer to MOM’s Requirements for Safe Management Measures at the Workplace.

The following measures apply to all customer-facing operations of F&B establishments:

  • Each table or group must be limited to 5 or fewer persons, with at least one-metre spacing between tables or groups8. Except for wedding receptions, and solemnisations and work-related events, gatherings or groups involving more than 5 persons in total are not allowed, even if they are split across multiple tables9. There should be no mixing or intermingling between groups.
  • Where tables/seats are fixed, tables/seats should be marked out to accommodate groups of no more than 5, while ensuring at least one-metre spacing between groups.
  • Self-service buffet lines must be suspended10.
8 F&B establishments may use the bar counters to seat and serve meals to dine-in customers, but must ensure there is at least one-metre spacing between groups of diners.
9 Exceptions can only be made if all members of the group are from the same household. These groups can be allowed into the establishment. However, they will need to be seated at multiple tables, with no more than 5 persons per table, and with at least one-metre spacing between the tables. Establishments can request to verify diners’ claims that they are from the same household, and can reject entry of diners at their discretion. For wedding receptions, please refer to the advisory at the GoBusiness portal.
10 This also applies to catering companies providing meals on other premises. Catering companies should also take reference from the allowable settings for food consumption (– MICE, weddings, work-related events). They must not offer self-service buffet line, but may offer individually packed options instead.

For queues, F&B establishments are to clearly demarcate queue lines, and must ensure one-metre spacing between customers at areas such as entrances and cashier counters (e.g. through floor markers).

  • Live music, radio broadcasts and all forms of television/video screenings11 and other forms of public entertainment such as dancing, darts or karaoke are not allowed.
  • Recorded music may be played only as soft background music. This must not be louder than 60 decibels. As a gauge, this would be the sound level for a regular conversation. This is with effect from 24 August.
  • Common play areas for children/toddlers/infants in F&B establishments12 are allowed to reopen, but operators must ensure at least one-metre safe distancing between groups of patrons (of up to 5 pax).
11 Except for advisory videos related to Safe Management Measures. Static images and a carousel of static images on a digital screen (e.g. of menus and promotional items) without sound are not considered to be TV/video screenings.
12 These play areas refer to the facilities provided free of charge in the shop.

F&B establishments must implement SafeEntry13 for customers and visitors. Those that only provide takeaway and/or delivery are not required to do so.

13 More information on SafeEntry and a full list of places where SafeEntry must be deployed can be found at www.safeentry.gov.sg/deployment. Businesses should note that SafeEntry can be done via QR code/NRIC scanning, or manual entry of NRIC number & particulars through a dedicated device. Businesses should not decline entry to visitors unless the individual does not use SafeEntry QR or SafeEntry NRIC application and refuses to provide particulars to assist with manual entry.

F&B establishments must conduct temperature screening14 and checks on visible symptoms15 for customers at entrances, and advise those with fever and/or who appear unwell to visit a doctor before turning them away16. Those that only provide takeaway and/or delivery are not required to do so.

14 Individuals with temperatures above 38 degrees Celsius are considered to be having a fever.
15 Notable visible symptoms to look out for include: (a) coughing; (b) sneezing; (c) breathlessness; and (d) a runny nose.
16 F&B establishments with seated diners in malls need not conduct temperature screening and checks on visible symptoms for customers if the mall is already doing so. They should however do so, if they operate outside the mall hours.
  • F&B establishments must ensure that all employees, customers, delivery personnel and other onsite personnel put on their masks properly at all times17, except when eating and drinking. F&B establishments must also ensure that on-site diners do so before food is served and immediately after their meals.
  • F&B establishments must ensure that common spaces and items (e.g. utensils placed in common spaces), as well as high-touch surfaces (e.g. counters, menus) and interactive components (e.g. iPads, smart kiosks), as well as play areas for children/toddlers/infants are frequently cleaned/disinfected.
  • Any communal amenities (e.g. drinks dispensers and common condiments) must not be used. Self-service food samples, must not be provided.
17 Under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020, every individual must wear a mask over the individual’s nose and mouth at all times when the individual is not in his or her ordinary place of residence. Refer to MOH’s latest guidance for use of masks and face shields at www.moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/details/guidance-for-use-of-masks-and-face-shields.

F&B establishments should put up clear signages to remind customers of the above measures where applicable, and train and deploy service personnel to provide clear communication to customers on safe distancing measures.

Refer to Annex A for other recommended guidelines.

  • To ensure COVID-safe workplaces, F&B establishments should take care of their workers, workplaces and those who may become unwell at their workplaces, as outlined in MOM’s Requirements for Safe Management Measures at the workplace.
  • For non-customer-facing work-related events, food and drinks should preferably not be served or consumed. If deemed necessary for food and drinks to be provided, attendees must be seated one-metre apart and served individually, and should minimise contact with one another while unmasked. Prevailing Safe Management Measures as indicated in MOM’s Requirements for Safe Management Measures at the workplace19 continue to apply.
18 Refers to the F&B establishments’ back-of-house operations involving employees, including at offices, warehouses and manufacturing facilities.
19 Refer to MOM’s Requirements for Safe Management Measures at the Workplace.
  • Government agencies will be conducting inspections to check on the proper implementation of the Safe Management Measures. Under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act passed in Parliament on 7 April 2020, first-time offenders will face a fine of up to S$10,000, imprisonment of up to six months, or both. Subsequent offences may face a fine of up to S$20,000, imprisonment of up to twelve months, or both.
  • Businesses that do not implement or comply with the government’s requirements on Safe Management Measures may be ineligible for government grants, loans, tax rebates and other assistance.

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Retail Establishments and Lifestyle-Related Services

Retail establishments and lifestyle-related services are required to comply with the measures set out by Enterprise Singapore (ESG), Housing & Development Board (HDB), Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) in this advisory. Establishments required to comply with these measures include malls, supermarkets and standalone stores20.

20 These refer to stores that occupy entire buildings, e.g. IKEA, Decathlon Innovation Lab.

The list of businesses that are allowed to operate from 19 June 2020 can be found on MTI’s website. Businesses in this list do not need to apply to MTI for exemption before resuming operations. They are required to submit the number of workers who are working on-site via the GoBusiness portal within two weeks of the date of resumption of on-site operations.

  • From 22 October 2020, business-focused work-related events (both non customer-facing and customer-facing21) are allowed to resume within the workplace premises and third-party venues, including retail establishments.
    • Those organised by retail establishments are subject to a cap of 50 persons or lower, depending on venue capacity, and must comply with safe distancing measures.
    • Ensure at least one-metre spacing between individuals at all times.
    • Events organised by retail establishments or external parties at the retail premises are subject to the maximum number of individuals that the venue may accommodate after safe distancing measures are adhered to. See stipulated occupancy limits below.
  • Such events are still not permitted at publicly accessible common spaces such as mall atriums, public transport nodes and HDB common areas.
  • Gatherings that are not work-related are not permitted (e.g. social celebrations such as birthdays or work celebrations such as anniversaries, organised by the enterprise).
  • Meals should not be the main feature of these work-related events. If food and drinks are provided, attendees must be seated, served individually, and minimise contact with one another while unmasked. Meal durations should be kept short to minimise the period that individuals are unmasked. Prevailing Safe Management Measures as indicated in MOM’s Requirements for Safe Management Measures at the workplace22 continue to apply.
21 Non customer-facing events include conferences, seminars, corporate retreats, etc, while customer-facing events include product launches, store openings, marketing/branding events etc.
22 Refer to MOM’s Requirements for Safe Management Measures at the Workplace.
  • All malls and large standalone stores > 930 sqm (or 10,000 sqft) of Gross Floor Area (GFA) must comply with the occupancy limit of one person per 10 sqm of GFA23.
  • All other stores (e.g. shops within malls, at HDB residential blocks, at MRT stations or bus interchanges) are not required to adhere to these occupancy limits as long as they can maintain at least one-metre distancing between individual customers (if they are alone), or groups of customers (up to 5 persons).
23 For mixed-use developments, GFA refers to the retail component only.

The following measures apply to all customer-facing operations of retail establishments.

  • Retail establishments are to ensure at least one-metre spacing between groups of patrons (of up to 5 persons).
  • Retail establishments are to clearly demarcate queue lines for customers at entrances, cashier counters, weighing counters, fitting rooms and where required, and must ensure at least one-metre spacing between individual customers (e.g. through floor markers).
  • Activities and events at mall atriums must not be held24. Retail establishments may conduct customer-facing activities or events within workplace premises or at permitted third-party venues such as MICE locations, with prevailing Safe Management Measures to be adhered to.
  • For common play areas for children/toddlers/infants in retail stores or malls25 operators must ensure at least one-metre spacing between groups of patrons (of up to 5 persons).
24 Such activities may be allowed for supermarkets on a case-by-case basis, if an extension of existing retail space is deemed necessary to ensure safe distancing. Approval must be sought from ESG.
25 These play areas refer to the facilities provided free of charge in the shops or at the malls’ common areas.

All malls, large standalone stores, supermarkets, stores providing beauty services, and other large retail stores with > 930 sqm (or 10,000 sqft) of GFA must implement SafeEntry26 for customers and visitors, to facilitate the collection of information for contact tracing when needed.

26 More information on SafeEntry and a full list of places where SafeEntry must be deployed can be found at www.safeentry.gov.sg/deployment. Note that SafeEntry can be done via QR code/NRIC scanning, or manual entry of NRIC number & particulars through a dedicated device. Businesses should not decline entry to visitors unless the individual does not use SafeEntry QR or SafeEntry NRIC application and refuses to provide particulars to assist with manual entry.

All malls, large standalone stores, supermarkets and stores providing beauty services must conduct temperature screening27 and checks on visible symptoms28 for customers at entrances29. Turn away those with fever and/or who appear unwell30.

27 Individuals with temperatures above 38.0 degrees Celsius are considered as having a fever.
28 Notable visible symptoms to look out for include: (a) coughing; (b) sneezing; (c) breathlessness; and (d) a runny nose.
29 Supermarkets and stores providing beauty services in malls need not conduct temperature screening and checks on visible symptoms for customers if the mall is already doing so. They should however do so, if they operate outside the mall hours.
30 Except where the individual is entering the permitted premises to seek medical treatment for a specified symptom.
  • All employees, customers, delivery personnel and other onsite personnel must put on their masks properly at all times31.
  • Product testers and samples that require customer contact, e.g. cosmetics and food samples, as well as product testing on customers, are not allowed.
  • Retail establishments must ensure frequent cleaning and disinfection of:
    • common spaces such as counters and display shelves, where customers are served, as well as play areas for children/toddlers/infants;
    • items such as shopping trolleys/baskets and handrails, which have high human contact; and
    • interactive hardware such as iPads, self-checkout kiosks or lift buttons.
31 Under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020, every individual must wear a mask over the individual’s nose and mouth at all times when the individual is not in his or her ordinary place of residence. Refer to MOH’s latest guidance for use of masks and face shields at www.moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/details/guidance-for-use-of-masks-and-face-shields.

Retail establishments should put up clear signages to remind customers of the above measures where applicable, and train and deploy service personnel to provide clear communication to customers on safe distancing measures.

Refer to Annex A for other recommended guidelines, and Annex B on guidance for specific trades.

  • To ensure COVID-safe workplaces, retail establishments should take care of their workers, workplaces and those who may become unwell at their workplaces, as outlined in MOM’s Requirements for Safe Management Measures at the workplace.
  • For non-customer-facing work-related events, those organised by retail establishments are subject to a cap of 50 persons or lower, depending on venue capacity, and must comply with safe distancing measures. There must be at least one-metre spacing between individuals at all times. Such events are still not permitted at publicly accessible common spaces such as mall atriums, public transport nodes and HDB common areas.
32 Refers to the retail establishments’ back-of-house operations involving employees, including at offices, warehouses and manufacturing facilities.
  • Government agencies will be conducting inspections to check on the proper implementation of the Safe Management Measures. Under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act passed in Parliament on 7 April 2020, first-time offenders will face a fine of up to S$10,000, imprisonment of up to six months, or both. Subsequent offences may face a fine of up to S$20,000, imprisonment of up to twelve months, or both.
  • Businesses that do not implement or comply with the government’s Safe Management Measures may be ineligible for government grants, loans, tax rebates and other assistance.

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F&B and Online Retail Delivery

With effect from 7 April, all F&B establishments can only operate for takeaway and/or delivery. Dining-in is not permitted. In addition, only online retail sales and delivery are allowed for retail establishments not providing essential services. These measures are to reduce interactions outside of the household.

In line with this, we are providing operational guidance on Safe Distancing Measures for businesses providing delivery services for F&B and retail establishments. This includes in-house delivery operations, third-party delivery businesses, as well as taxis and private-hire cars, which can make grocery and food deliveries from 29 March to end June 2020. All such delivery personnel must comply with these measures.

Businesses providing food delivery services must comply with the following:

For delivery personnel

  • Delivery personnel must wear masks at all times during their work.
  • Delivery personnel must minimise contact and interactions with others at all times and not cluster together. This includes interactions with staff from F&B establishments, customers and other delivery personnel.
  • Delivery personnel must comply with the one-metre distancing measure. If an F&B outlet is crowded, they should wait outside the establishment, maintain a safe distance from other delivery personnel or customers, and only enter the outlet when the food is ready for collection.

For F&B establishments

  • Encourage F&B establishments to opt for contactless pick-up, where food orders are placed by the F&B establishment at designated locations for pick-up by delivery personnel.

For customers

  • Encourage customers to opt for contactless receiving of food, where food orders are left by delivery personnel at designated locations (e.g. at the doorstep) for pick-up by customers.

Businesses providing online retail delivery services must comply with the following:

For delivery personnel

  • Delivery personnel must wear masks at all times during their work.
  • Delivery personnel must minimise contact and interactions with others at all times and not cluster together. This includes interactions with staff from retail establishments, customers and other delivery personnel.
  • Delivery personnel must comply with the one-metre safe distancing measure. They should only enter the retail establishment when the retail item is ready for collection.

For retail establishments

  • Encourage retail establishments to opt for contactless pick-up, where items are placed at designated locations for pick-up by delivery personnel.

For consumers

  • Encourage customers to opt for contactless receiving of items, where items are left by deliver personnel at designated locations (e.g. at the doorstep) for pick-up by customers.
  • For bulky items, delivery personnel must leave the premises once the items are put in place.
  • All delivery businesses must comply with the following:
      • Carry out daily temperature screening and health declaration among staff, including delivery personnel before they start work. Those who are unwell cannot work and must go to the doctor.
      • Ensure adoption of cleanliness and hygiene practices and compliance with MOH health advisories.
      • Equip delivery personnel with hand sanitisers. Personnel must be reminded to wash their hands with soap and water regularly. In the event that they are unable to do so in between deliveries, they must keep their hands clean by using the hand sanitisers.
      • Delivery personnel must frequently clean carriers such as food carriers, food bags and food warmers for food delivery, and other forms of carriers and boxes for retail delivery. The frequency of cleaning should be commensurate with increased usage.
      • Delivery personnel should not place their personal items (e.g. water bottles) in the same box, carrier, or insulated container, which are used to hold food ordered by customers.
      • Businesses can refer to NEA’s guidelines of Interim List of Household Products and Active Ingredients for Disinfection of the COVID-19 Virus for information. Businesses will need to ensure appropriate use of disinfectants and ensure they do not come into contact with food.
  • Employers, staff, and delivery personnel must exercise social responsibility by observing good personal hygiene and monitoring their health conditions. Staff and delivery personnel must reduce physical interactions and not have meals in groups. Those who are unwell, even with mild flu-like symptoms, must see a doctor and stay at home to prevent spreading illness to others.
  • All companies providing delivery services must provide clear communications and reminders to delivery personnel on the above safe distancing and baseline sanitation and hygiene measures to ensure compliance.
  • Government agencies will be stepping up enforcement of these Safe Distancing Measures. Under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act passed in Parliament on 7 April 2020, first-time offenders will face a fine of up to S$10,000, imprisonment of up to six months, or both. Subsequent offences may face a fine of up to S$20,000, imprisonment of up to twelve months, or both.
  • Businesses that do not implement or comply with the government’s safe distancing advisories may also be ineligible for government grants, loans, tax rebates and other assistance.

If items require on-site installation, businesses should ensure that staff responsible for delivery and installation comply with stringent hygiene and safe distancing practices as set out above, and leave the premises once installation is completed. The number of staff involved in the installation should be kept to a minimum.

You should wear a mask at all times.

There are two exceptions: first, if you cycle to deliver food items. This is because cycling can be a strenuous activity. Second, if you deliver riding a motorcycle. Nevertheless, you are advised to pull down the helmet visor while riding. When you are not riding or cycling, you must put on your mask.

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For Consumers

As consumers, you too can do your part in our safe distancing movement.

F&B

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This advisory is based on information updated as of 19 November 2020.