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Singapore exited a two-month-long "circuit breaker" designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 on Jun 1. The multi-ministry task force said at the time that Singapore would reopen in three phases, outlining what might be allowed under each phase. On Monday (15/06/20), speaking at a press conference, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said that the Phase 2 will involve the resumption of “most activities”, subject to safe distancing principles.
"I had to explain that phase 2 actually is a process, it’s not an end stage. As we progress in phase 2 we will continuously monitored the situation and when situation allows we will continue ease the restriction. And eventually when we reach phase 3, basically phase 3 is a steady stage. By that time we are probably will hold that position for quite a long time until when vaccine is available" Minister Gan said.
Minister Gan added that in Phase 2, the authorities’ goal is to ensure that efforts taken during the circuit breaker period and Phase 1 of reopening are sustained. Co-chair of the multi-ministry task force, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said that Phase 2 should not be treated as a signal that "we can relax, we can all let our guard down". Phase 2 will last for months until the situation is stable.
"And then again over time we will increase the capacity limits as we continuing the monitor and see the situation remaining stable. So we expect this process of review, monitoring, easing. Hopefully easing because you never now along the way we may have to slow down or tighten some restriction but we expect this process to continue for months before we reach phase 3" minister Wong explain
Minister Wong added that by Phase 3, social, cultural, religious and business gatherings or events should be able to resume, although gathering sizes would still have to be limited in order to prevent large clusters from arising. At the time, the authorities said that reaching the next phase could take multiple steps, depending on how the situation evolves//NK