COVID-19: Here’s The Updated List Of Essential Services That Will Remain Open

COVID-19: Here’s The Updated List Of Essential Services That Will Remain Open

National Development Minister Lawrence Wong, who also co-chairs the multi-taskforce ministry, announced today (April 21) that the government will be tightening the list of essential services that will remain open during the ‘circuit breaker’ period.

All standalone food and beverage (F&B) outlets as well as hairdressing and barber shops will have to shut by 11.59pm today.

For the F&B sector, standalone outlets – excluding those in hawker centres, food courts and coffeeshops – that sell only beverages (yes, this means no more bubble tea), packaged snacks, confectioneries or desserts will have to shut down.

From Wednesday (April 22), optician shops can no longer accept walk-in customers, and must operate by appointment only. Pet supply stores and retail laundry services must also shut their physical stores, but may provide online sales and delivery.

This will mean that some businesses will have to suspend on-site activities. MTI said that those affected will be notified and given 24 hours to wind up operations.

Here’s the updated list of essential services that will remain open:

Health and social servicesAcute hospitals, community hospitalsPrimary care services (i.e. polyclinics and private sector primary care services), dental services, dialysis centres, TCM (adjuvant therapy for cancer and chronic conditions).Community care servicesEssential Allied Health Services that cannot be delivered remotelyCommunity mental health services, senior befriending, counselling and case management services,Supporting services (e.g. blood services, laboratories and radiological services, research related to COVID-19, pharmacies, disease surveillance and response services, medical and patient transport, provision of medical items and personal care items)Essential supply chains (e.g. medical wholesale and distribution, mask, PPE, medical supplies and equipment manufacturers, medical gas supply)Selected social services to support vulnerable segments of the populationSelected care services for students such as those in preschools, Student Care Centres and SPED schools (including for children of Essential Services workers)

2. Food

Food supply (including supermarkets, convenience stores, grocery retailers, wholesale markets, wet markets)Food manufacturing (excluding manufacture of chocolate and chocolate products; manufacture of chips, crackers and other titbits; manufacture of ice-cream; manufacture of cocoa and chocolate powder from beans; manufacture of non-chocolate confectionery and manufacture of cakes and confectionery)F&B outlets (for takeaway and delivery orders only) and their supporting operations (including central kitchens) except beverage, packaged snack, confectionery and dessert stores, as well as all F&B outlets in parks (except on Pulau Ubin).Food caterersFood delivery servicesFood packaging and printing service providersLaboratory food safety testing and its supporting servicesActivities pertaining to extension of shelf-life (e.g. retort manufacturing) or manufacturing of ready-to-eat meals

3. Energy

Electricity generation, transmission, and distribution services, and their Original Manufacturing Equipment (OEM) contractors/ suppliers and equipment/ spare parts/ repair/ maintenance providersGas companies involved in the supply, transmission, and distribution of natural gas and town gas, and their OEM contractors/ suppliers and equipment/ spare parts/ repair/ maintenance providersServices relating to the refining, supply, distribution and storage of essential fuel products, and their contractorsServices for the production of town gas and their contractorsBus transport operators for electricity/ gas (natural and town gas) facilitiesServices for the bottling and distribution of cylinder gasPetrol kiosks

4. Water, waste, environment

Potable Water, NEWater and Industrial Water supply, collection and treatment of used water, management of storm waterSupply of chemicals, equipment, material, spare parts and services to PUB for the aboveSupply of labour for operation and maintenance of process and systems for PUBWaste collection and disposal services Funeral-related services Environmental hygiene monitoring and public cleansing servicesMarkets and cooked food centre management Vector Control Services (e.g. Pest control, fumigation)Pollution Control & Monitoring Services (e.g. Toxic & Biohazardous waste management)Meteorological ServicesRadiation Monitoring & Control Services (e.g. maintenance of healthcare related irradiation equipment X-ray, CT scans)

5. Transportation and Storage

Air traffic control, airport operations, air transport services, runway enhancement and maintenanceShipping, shipping-related services, safety and navigation services, port and terminal operations, port marine serviceProvision of public transport services, including key supporting services and suppliersMonitoring and management of traffic and road operationsTaxi and chauffeured private hire car services, and key supporting services and suppliers3rd party logistics providers, residential and commerical movers, freight forwarders, trucking, air express integratorsTransportation that is necessary to support other Essential ServicesAll warehouses and storage services to support other Essential Services

6. Information and Communications

Telecommunications (Fixed, Mobile and Internet Access), data centres, broadcasting services (radio and television)Submarine cable operationsPostal services, security printing services, publication of newspapersICT support tools, software and services for enterprises and individuals (to enable telecommuting, videoconferencing, e-commerce, finance, and enterprise networks/systems, IT services)Cybersecurity in support of other Essential Services and digital economyPlatforms and services such as ride hailing, food delivery, groceries, and online paymentsSocial media and messaging platforms

7. Defence and Security

Defence and Security firms, supporting firms and establishments protecting buildings and homesDevelopment and research projects that support essential services or national security

8. Construction, Facilities Management and Critical Public Infrastructure

Companies involved in epidemic control (e.g. sanitation, disinfection, cleaning, laundry)Defence and Security firms, supporting firms and establishments protecting buildings and homesDevelopment project that support essential services or national securitySelected development projects assessed to be in critical stages of construction and are unable to stop due to potential safety risksConstruction work in progress for (i) critical public infrastructure, (ii) maintenance and services to ensure public safety, and (iii) emergency repairs & maintenanceSafety critical works / Projects that support essential services or are necessary for public safetyProvision of facilities management services for buildings and infrastructure (e.g. plumbing, electrical works, conservancy services)Provision of lift and escalator (L&E) maintenance services, and facilities management (FM) services for buildings and infrastructure (e.g. plumbing, electrical works, conservancy services)Landscaping for public safetyAnimal-related services for public safety

9. Manufacturing and Distribution

Manufacturers of essential products (e.g. chemicals and petrochemicals, healthcare supplies, medical equipment, food and food ingredient, or materials needed for other Essential Services) and their suppliers/contractorsSemiconductor, Pharmaceutical, and Biomedical Science companies and their suppliersMarine & Offshore Engineering companies involved in ship/vessel repair, and maintenance and overhaul services; and their contractorsAerospace maintenance, repair, overhaul (MRO) companies and their suppliersManufacturing of printing, packaging and pallets to support Food Services, Food Manufacturing and any other Essential Products and Services herein-mentionedDistributors of essential products, including food-related items, packaging materials (both food and non-food), household items, personal care products

10. Banking and finance

Services relating to maintenance of monetary and financial stabilityCurrency issuance, services relating to cash management and payments for the GovernmentBanking services (e.g. cash withdrawal & deposits, lending and related processing, treasury management, payments and funds transfers)Insurance services (e.g. claims servicing, policy renewal and servicing, policy inception, insurance broking, financial advisory)Currencies, securities and derivatives trading, clearing, settlement, reporting, and depository and trust, and corporate finance advisory servicesAsset management services (e.g. portfolio management and trading, trade settlement and operations, trustee services, processing of subscriptions and redemptions in fund units, financial advisory)Payment services (e.g. fund transfers, credit card and debit card payments)Remittance services (excluding money exchange services)

11. Legal services

Essential and urgent matters specified in the Registrar’s Circulars issued by each court in respect of criminal, civil and family matters wherein during the period 7 April 2020 to 4 May 2020 (both dates inclusive)Commercial transactions or actions having statutory, regulatory or contractual deadlines (whether local or foreign) falling within the period 7 April 2020 to 4 May 2020 (both dates inclusive) for which no waiver or deferment has been or will be granted or transactions or actions for which completion is due or time is of the essence in this said periodConveyancing transactions with deadlines where time is of the essence or with milestone deadlines to be met within the period 7 Apr 2020 to 4 May 2020 (both dates inclusive) including but not limited to exercise of option and completion deadlines, and timelines affecting progress payments, deposits, monies in escrow and completion monies; andUrgent and essential Wills and Probate related services (for example the drafting of wills and execution of lasting powers of attorney for the vulnerable) required within the period 7 April 2020 to 4 May 2020 (both dates inclusive), for which no deferment may be made.

12. Others

Selected hotels, serviced apartments, dormitories, hostelsOnline retail and related supply chainsOptician services and sale of optical productsPlumbers, electricians, & locksmiths (for emergency household services only)Vehicle recovery and repair services. For emergency vehicle services only, no vehicle grooming.Hardware stores. For sale of building and maintenance-related equipment and tools only.Repair of consumer electronics, IT peripherals, and household appliancesLaundry servicesVeterinary services. For provision of emergency, non-elective veterinary services, including hospitalization.Selected face-to-face Continuing Education & Training (CET)a. For job placement needs or for severely affected economic sectorsPet supplies stores (for provision of animal feed, no grooming or leisure activities allowed)a. For provision of animal care, feed and supplies only, no cosmetic/ grooming or leisure activities allowed.Private busesTesting, inspection and certification centresUnionsAll other critical and ancillary services contracted by the Government for the provision of supporting Government functions or for the above-mentioned Essential Services.

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