On 21 April, the Prime Minister announced the extension of circuit breaker to 1 June, as well as the implementation of tighter measures and reduction of businesses that are permitted to operate during the circuit breaker.
- Along with the Prime Minister’s announcement, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce also issued the tightened list of essential services and measures for workplaces which are allowed to open.
The tightened list excludes the following as essential services that are allowed to operate:
– 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 that sell beverage, packaged snack, confectionery, dessert stores, as well as all F&B outlets in parks (except on Pulau Ubin)
IMPACT ON FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN
- With the rise of infected cases in the dormitories of foreign workers, the Ministry of Manpower has stopped workers in and out of the dormitories.
- Companies who are affected can submit their appeal against the reduction of foreign workers and appeal for additional manpower with the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
- The reduction of manpower capacity due to restriction of foreign workers’ movement and elderly workers on-site to protect them has reduced the output of production. This has greater impact on facilities that is more labour intensive with lesser automation in place.
- Due to the tightened list, manufacturers have to close production lines for the products that are no longer deemed as essential.