We’ll Have To Wait Longer To Dine In At F&B Outlets, But All Hairdressing Services Will Be Allowed

Singapore will finally lift the ‘Circuit Breaker’ on 2 Jun, but if you’re thinking life will go back to normal, sorry to disappoint you, but it won’t — at least not just yet.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on Tuesday (19 May) that only selected services like air-con repair will be allowed to reopen, under Phase One of Singapore’s post-‘Circuit Breaker’ life.

However, F&B outlets will still not be able to accept dine-in customers on 2 Jun, although they can continue fulfilling their usual takeaway and delivery orders. Most retail outlets will also not be open.

Services that will open from 2 Jun

Among the services that will be allowed to restart are air-con servicing — for households whose excessive use of air-con during the ‘Circuit Breaker’ has exhausted their air-con units.

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Vehicle-repair services will also open, as well as basic pet services such as grooming and physiotherapy.

To help kids who are going back to school, businesses that sell school uniforms and books will be allowed to reopen.

After allowing barbers to open on 12 May for basic hair-cutting services, barbers and hairdressers will be allowed to offer their full range of services from 2 Jun.

Gentlemen's Barber Rockarolla
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Home-based businesses that allow their products to be delivered and/or collected can also restart operations.

Here’s a list from MOH detailing all the businesses that will be able to resume.

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What’s missing from the list

By now, you’ve realised that many retail outlets selling what has been deemed as non-essential items aren’t on the list, and won’t be opening on 2 Jun.

These include clothing retail outlets.

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That means you won’t be able to wander Uniqlo for cool T-shirts, or Daiso for household knick-knacks, just yet.

Not opening either are the dine-in facilities for F&B outlets, although they will still be offering takeaway and delivery services.

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Also, sports and recreation facilities will remain closed.

Singapore will open up progressively from 2 Jun

These announcements mean that Singapore will not be opening up fully after the ‘Circuit Breaker’ officially ends on 1 June.

Just like we progressively implemented tighter measures, we’re also progressively loosening the measures.

This is so that people don’t go crazy after 1 Jun and our infection numbers spike again.

Featured images adapted from Digital Parents Conference and Flickr.