On 7 April, the COVID (Temporary Measures) Act was passed by the Parliament. Under Sections 34(1) of the Act, the Minister may make regulations (called “control orders”) for the purpose of preventing, protecting against, delaying or otherwise controlling the incidence or transmission of COVID-19 in Singapore. On the same day, the Ministry of Health issued COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 20201 which is in force for the period between 7 April 2020 and 4 May 2020.

MEASURES

The following provisions are included under the Regulations:

  • Individual must stay at or in, and not leave, his or her ordinary place of residence unless under the permitted circumstance
  • Individual must keep a distance of at least one metre from any other individual
  • Essential services may continue to carry out the business, undertaking or work of the essential service provider
  • Non-essential services must not carry on any business, undertaking or work from any premises other than at the person’s ordinary place of residence, and only through means that do not require meeting any other individual in person

IMPACT ON FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN

  • Businesses that fall under the classification of essential services may continue to operate with safe distancing practices in place and are required to submit the relevant details to the Ministry of Trade and Industry by end of 13 April.
  • During this time, businesses should operate using the minimum number of employees required and required to comply with all applicable laws, including the provisions of the Infectious Diseases Act and any regulations promulgated thereunder, Part 7 of the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 and the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020.