Singapore maintains WFH as default arrangement, extends jobs support
As restrictions continue to be eased as Singapore transitions through Phase 3 (Heightened Alert) in the coming weeks, the government has maintained that working from home will continue to remain the default for businesses.
Workers cannot be cross-deployed to multiple worksites, and employers need to implement flexible working hours and staggered start times for their staff.
Workplaces are also not allowed to have social gatherings and serve food and beverages at work-related events, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH).
The Jobs Support Scheme, which subsidises the salaries of local workers, will also be extended for affected sectors.
With some restrictions in place after June 20, industries such as F&B, gyms and fitness studios, and performing arts will receive a 50% subsidy for three weeks, from June 21 to July 11.
From July 12, these businesses will receive a 10% subsidy for two weeks. Meanwhile, sectors that are significantly affected, such as retail, museums and cinemas, will receive a 30% subsidy for three weeks, followed by a 10% subsidy for two weeks.
“We recognise that some businesses will be impacted and therefore, the Ministry of Finance will continue to extend the support measures,” Lawrence Wong, co-chair of the COVID-19 multi-ministry task force said at a press conference on Friday.
Beginning June 21, dining in at F&B establishments will be allowed up to two diners per group, while indoor activities in gyms and fitness studios will be allowed to resume.