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Covid-19 workplace closures ‘not about business closure’, many still able to operate : Chan Chun Sing

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Janice Heng recently reports that WORKERS in essential services and industries critical to global supply chains – including the manufacturing of semiconductors, biopharmaceuticals, and petrochemicals – may continue going to work, even as Singapore puts in place stricter measures from April 7 till May 4 as a month-long “circuit breaker” amid the Covid-19 outbreak, said Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing on Friday.

Of the stricter moves, including the closing of most other workplaces, he said: “This is not about business closure. This is about closing the premises for the duration in order for us to adopt the enhanced safe-distancing measures. Many businesses will still be able to operate.”

The measures are aimed at minimising transmission at the workplaces, and significantly reducing the need to commute, he said.

He was speaking in a press conference following Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s announcement of the moves on live television and radio. Additional measures will be announced next week to provide support for businesses and households.

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