No need to rush to buy groceries or other essentials: Chan Chun Sing

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Zhangxin Zheng | May 14, 2021, 04:32 PM

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The Multi-Ministry Taskforce has further tightened safe distancing measures in light of the rising cases of Covid-19 infection in the community.

The new measures including no dine-in at F&B establishments, work from home becoming the default mode and capping social gatherings at 2 pax.

Supply lines intact, no need to rush to buy essentials

During this "Heightened Alert" period, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing reminded people that there is no need to rush to supermarkets to buy groceries or other essentials.

Chan said that all retail outlets, including supermarkets, will remain open and Singapore's supply lines are intact.

He urged members of the public to only buy what they need and look out for those in need during this trying period.

NTUC FairPrice chief executive Seah Kian Peng said that the company observed "more traffic and bigger purchases" made after the announcement.

He assured that FairPrice's inventory and stockpiles are at higher levels than before so there is no need to rush to buy essentials.

Support for businesses

Chan also addressed businesses that will be affected by the new measures, saying that the government is aware that these measures "may be disappointing to some".

However, he said the enhanced measures are necessary to curb community transmissions which would then allow Singapore to resume economic and safe activities safely.

He also assured that support will be given to affected business owners.

You can read Chan's full post here:

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