27 March 2020
Additional Support Measures in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT MEASURES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC
1. The Singapore government has just unveiled a $48 billion package of measures to steer aid workers and business to cope with the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
2. Among the list of measures announced, the enhancement of the job support scheme (JSS), property tax rebate and skill upgrading for the workforce are most pertinent for our members.
Job Support Scheme
- For every local worker in employment, the Government will co-fund of wages at 25%. Firms in the food services sector will receive higher support, at 50% of wages, and firms in the aviation, food services and tourism sectors, which are the most badly affected sectors, will be supported at 75% of wages.
- Qualifying commercial properties that have been badly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, including hotels, serviced apartments, tourist attractions, shops, and restaurants need not pay Property Tax for the year 2020.
Upskilling of Workers
- The government will enhance support for skill upgrading which will raise the course fee subsidies and absentee payroll to 90% for the aviation, tourism, food services, and retail trade sectors. In the same note, the government will also be providing additional cash flow relief when they send their workers for training.
3. More details and information of the resilience budget can be found at the Singapore Budget website.
4. SNBA welcomes these additional measures and support as it is timely and appropriate. However, there remain areas where more support can be provided. SNBA is fully committed to ensure our members’ needs can be addressed by the government in subsequent measures.
5. We are trying to organise a video conference and small meeting, next Tuesday evening, with Enterprise Singapore (ESG), Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Workforce Singapore (WSG) on the implication of the budget measures to our industry. Updates will be provided thereafter.
6. We are all in this together and must all look after one another in these trying times. We will stand with one another, through thick and thin. Let us continue to be on high vigilance as we front this outbreak.
 The food shops and food stalls must be classified under one of the following SSIC codes – SSIC 56: Food and Beverage Service Activities; SSIC 68104: Letting and operating of self-owned or leased food courts, coffee shops and eating houses (with mainly rental income). Refer here for the detailed SSIC code list.
25 March 2020
Joint Statement by the Singapore Tourism Board, Enterprise Singapore and Singapore Police Force
Following yesterday’s announcement that all entertainment venues will be closed from 26 March, 2359 hours till 30 April, we are aware a number of nightlife operators intend to host “farewell” events tonight that could result in large numbers of people congregating. These events undermine the campaign against COVID-19 and increases risk to public health. If you are planning to attend, we urge you to seriously reconsider, if not for your own health, then for the health of those around you.
The Multi-Ministry Taskforce’s decision to enforce stricter safe distancing measures aims to significantly reduce the risks of seeding new local COVID-19 clusters, which could strain our healthcare system further.
From now until the stricter measures kick in on 26 March 2020, 2359 hours, nightlife operators must continue to strictly implement safe distancing measures announced by the Ministry of Health on 20 March 2020. Events with 250 or more participants must be suspended, while operators of events with fewer than 250 participants must implement all necessary precautionary measures, including ensuring a distance of at least a metre between all participants and reduce mingling amongst participants.
These safe distancing measures are enforceable. Officers from government agencies including the Singapore Police Force will be on the ground to monitor the situation and carry out enforcement action over the next two days. The Traffic Police will also be conducting island-wide enforcement operations against drink-driving during this period. We will not hesitate to take action against anyone who fails to comply.
During this time, we appeal to Singaporeans to exercise good judgement and social responsibility. This will play an important part in keeping fellow Singaporeans and our loved ones safe in the midst of this global pandemic.
Extract from Singapore Tourism Board Facebook page
25 March 2020
Latest Advisory on COVID-19 (25 March 2020)
Dear SNBA Members,
1. The recent spikes in imported cases signals a new phase in the fight against COVID-19.
2. In line with the evolving situation, the government has decided to enforce stricter measures that would limit gatherings outside of work and school to 10 persons or fewer, and ensure that physical distancing of at least one metre can be achieved in settings where interactions are non-transient.
3. These measures will take effect from 26 March 2020, 2359 hours and will be in place till 30 April 2020. These are unprecedented times and we now need all to come together to combat this global pandemic.
4. We are aware of a number of nighlife operators that intend to host “farewell” events tonight in view of the impending temporary closure. Such acts undermine government efforts against COVID-19 and SNBA is not supportive of such activity.
5. I would like to remind members to adhere strictly to all government measures, to help control the spread of COVID-19 in Singapore.
6. In relation to the latest set of measures dated 24th March 2020, the government had imposed the following:
a. All bars and entertainment venues like night clubs, discos, cinemas, theatres, and karaoke outlets will be closed from 26 March 2020, 2359 hours till 30 April 2020.
b. Reduce operating capacity within the venue at any one time, so that the venue does not have more than one person per 16 square metres of usable space. Groups must not exceed 10 persons.
c. Disperse congregations and provide an environment that allows at least one metre physical spacing between patrons. These include queues and waiting areas. Operators are encouraged to offer services by appointment or through digital services where possible, to minimise queues. Crowds should be quickly dispersed.
7. Additional penalties may be imposed if the venues are found not to have adhered to these requirements. We understand from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) that authorities will be stepping up on checks, starting this evening, and non-compliance will be dealt with accordingly. Hence, we seek your utmost cooperation to adhere to the guidelines as much as possible.
8. Social responsibility is critical in slowing the transmission of the virus. We need all members to play their part in the fight against COVID-19. We understand these measures are disruptive and require significant effort from all of us to adjust to them. However, we must all do our part to protect ourselves, our family and friends, and the people around us.
9. Members should closely monitor COVID-19 related developments and health advisories. Kindly refer to the government agencies’ websites (MOH – https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19; MTI – https://www.mti.gov.sg/Newsroom/Updates-on-COVID-19; STB – https://www.stb.gov.sg/content/stb/en/home-pages/advisory-on-covid-19.html) for more updates pertaining to COVID-19.
10. Stay safe, stay positive. Together, we can overcome.
Sincerely, Joseph Ong
21 March 2020
Singapore Tourism Board (STB) Advisory for Tourism Establishments (20 Mar 2020)
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced further measures on 20 March 2020 to reduce the risk of local transmission of the coronavirus, requiring Food & Beverage (F&B), public entertainment venue to implement stricter safe distancing precautions. This latest set of measures are work in tandem with other measures like border control, contact tracing and quarantine.
In line with this, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has issued advisory for F&B and entertainment establishments respectively to implement their own safe distancing measures.
Refer here for the STB Advisory.