Singapore entered a "circuit breaker" period on Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2020. During this period, Singaporeans have been advised to stay at home as much as possible. A new law (The Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020) has also just been passed in Parliament on Tuesday that bans all gatherings with family or friends who do not live together. Gatherings are banned at home, and in public spaces like HDB void decks and parks. However, individuals can still visit family members for assistance with their daily needs , such as caring for elderly parents or informal childcare arrangements, MOH clarified in the evening of Apr. 7, in response to media queries. Detailed regulations under the new law There have also been a lot of questions about this new law, called the "Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020", which if you'd like, you can read in full on the government gazette on Apr. 7. But if you are lazy, here's a quick rundown of what the rules ... » Learn More about Covid-19 in S’pore: What am I allowed to leave the house for during the circuit breaker period?
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Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg During the Multi-Ministry Taskforce press conference on Sep. 10, the MTF co-chairs shared more about the current Covid-19 situation and explained the approach to transiting into a Covid-19 resilient nation. Since the last MTF press conference, the Taskforce has observed a doubling of daily new local cases to 450 as of yesterday. This sharp rate of increase is "worrying", Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong said. Daily new cases to hit 1,000 soon Gan added that the government wants to be sure that the number of Covid-19 cases does not suddenly spike, leading to the healthcare system getting overwhelmed as a result. Both Minister for Health Ong Ye Kung and Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong said that while the increase in cases did not come as a surprise, the increase has happened faster than what the Taskforce has expected. Wong said: "Very soon we will reach 1,000 new cases a ... » Learn More about S’pore will hit 1,000 new Covid-19 cases daily soon, next 2 to 4 weeks crucial: MTF co-chairs
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg If the realisation that 2022 is just three months away scares the living hell out of you, you're not alone. Most of us are still processing 2020. Covid-19 not only kills, it also takes a toll on mental health. Covid-19 has a way of making the walls close in. Restrictions affect socialising, whether you're at work or trying to relax with friends and family. And when restrictions come so close on the heels of easing up, it creates a special kind of agony . How fast should Singapore open up? Or in more recent parlance, should Singapore "trot" or "gallop"? If you're wondering what horses have to do with anything (besides masquerading as a fake "cure" for Covid-19), I'm referring to this post made by Ho Ching, outgoing CEO of Temasek Holdings and wife of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Ho was referring to the number of Covid cases, but "trot" and "gallop" could also refer to whether Singapore ... » Learn More about Should S’pore have another lockdown because of a Covid-19 ‘surge’? Let’s keep things in perspective.
SINGAPORE - Freelance writer Sng Ler Jun has been taking on more writing assignments since March to earn extra money for his family and himself. His 55-year-old mother was retrenched from a part-time job as a food promoter in February and his father, a 59-year-old taxi driver, has seen earnings fall since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the 24-year-old, who is doing a communications degree from the University at Buffalo at the Singapore Institute of Management, said he feels "pressured to work harder". The worry of finding a stable job after he graduates in December keeps him up at night. "I'm doing unpaid writing work to beef up my resume so it'll help in my job hunt," said Mr Sng, who is an only child. Still, he feels "plagued by the uncertainty" as he does not know when the economy will improve. "It's demoralising thinking about it and I feel burned out." Because of this, his mood and energy has been low and he no longer enjoys the walks he used to take ... » Learn More about Singaporeans feeling burned out due to Covid-19 and ways you can battle pandemic fatigue
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg COMMENTARY: "How do we make sure that our social security system does not keep the people it seeks to help out of the system?" In mid-April 2020, four social service agencies — Beyond Social Services, Association for Women for Action and Research (AWARE), REACH Community Services, and Methodist Welfare Services — joined forces with ground-up groups A Good Space, ReadAble, 6th Sense, and Cassia Resettlement Team to form the Mind The Gap (MTG) Collective. The goal of MTG was to help low-income families survive the Covid-19 Circuit Breaker period, some of whom may not have been able to receive the help that they needed due to stringent testing and long wait times. Former Nominated Member of Parliament Anthea Ong, who initiated MTG as Chairperson of A Good Space, reflects on the work of MTG and what it shows about how to better support low-income communities and avoid people slipping ... » Learn More about Why do some S’pore families choose to ‘struggle’ rather than get help from social services?
Nestled in a narrow alleyway between the Alsagoff Arab School and a bright yellow shophouse is what appears to be a small shanty structure. It is at this open-air spot where Tan Boon Kee, better known as Uncle Tan to friends and customers, plies his trade of giving haircuts five days a week. Going down to take a look at the humble space, I stumbled across Tan (the location of his shop on Google Maps was not very precise) sitting casually in one of the red plastic chairs lined up in front of the wall, watching a video on his mobile phone. He peered owlishly and a tad warily at me. I wasn't exactly the slightly older clientele he had gotten used to over the years. After some hesitation, Tan eventually acquiesced to my request for a few questions, and motioned for me to take a seat beside him — thereafter which he proceeded to share more about his trade. Never thought of moving elsewhere For someone who has had her haircuts at various air-conditioned salons her ... » Learn More about S’pore’s last street barber, 75, still offers S$6 haircuts & shaves in Bugis
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg "You want [a] cappuccino, right?" Calvert Tay asks his father Zheng Geping while simultaneously adding it to the virtual order. It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to figure out that they're a close pair, given how well Tay knows how his old man likes his cup of coffee. Just when I thought I'd get a straight answer when I asked who the 21-year-old is closer to — mom or dad — he let out a peal of sheepish laughter and gave me a politically correct answer. "It depends on the situation that we are in," he carefully said. A safe response, especially since his father was sitting right next to him. Many shared interests with dad Zheng, 57, let on that the father-son duo have a shared interest in collecting replica swords and katanas. "We have a whole collection of 'The Lord of The Rings' swords. That's our prized possession," Tay chimed in. If you're wondering what his wife, fellow actress ... » Learn More about Zheng Geping brought son Calvert Tay to gym at 17 after an overweight childhood
Hand hygiene just got a lot more luxe. Within a week, local leather gifting brand Bynd Artisan went from crafting customised notebooks to European leather hand sanitiser holders. It was to keep its team of 12 craftsmen, half of whom are aged above 50, active and purposeful, says co-founder Winnie Chan. The bookbinding boss, who is in her late 40s, landed on the idea after buying hand sanitisers in bulk to distribute to her staff. Its senior craftsman later designed the mould for the hand sanitiser holders. That was before circuit breaker measures were first announced on April 3, mandating that Bynd Arti-san's five ateliers close on April 7. In three days, the team scrambled to pull together take-home kits for the craftsmen. Inside were punching tools, cutting boards, leather pieces and the holder mould to trace and cut out. On April 8, the team got on a Zoom conference call for a refresher on how to make the leather holders. Among them was its oldest craftsman, a ... » Learn More about From leather gift products to hand sanitiser holders: Allowing craftsmen to stay active and purposeful
SINGAPORE - Larger Toto jackpots are set to make a comeback now that Singapore Pools once again allows prize monies that are not won to snowball over up to four consecutive draws. The rules were amended in May. If no one has the six winning numbers for the top prize, the prize amount rolled over only to the next draw. If no one hit the jackpot by this second draw, the accumulated jackpot money was "cascaded" and distributed among second-prize winners. This was to prevent long queues for draws with bumper-size first prizes during tightened Covid-19 measures. Since Sept 2, the jackpot in the twice-weekly draw can be rolled over until the fourth consecutive draw if there is no winner, in line with usual Toto rules. "This is part of Singapore Pools' resumption of normal business operations, in line with Singapore's easing of measures," a spokesman for the gaming company old The Straits Times. This accumulation of jackpot monies queues has, in the past, led to snaking queues of ... » Learn More about Expect bigger Toto winnings now that Singapore Pools returned to old rules
Since the Covid-19 outbreak started, as many as 529 eateries have closed down from February to April, Lianhe Zaobao reported, citing data provided by the Singapore Department of Statistics. The food and beverage businesses that were affected include restaurant chain Ministry of Food , cocktail bar Jekyll & Hyde , and two of the three Rookery outlets owned by former DJ Daniel Ong. Dining in no longer allowed from early April Dining in at F&B businesses is no longer allowed under circuit breaker measures announced by the government in early April. The pandemic-induced measures have impacted the F&B sector, with a social media post listing 40 restaurants that have supposedly closed down due to the virus outbreak. The list, however, failed to reveal when the restaurants ceased operations. Pandemic yet to trigger wave of restaurant closures: Industry expert While a total of 529 F&B businesses have closed in the months of ... » Learn More about Covid-19: 529 eateries shut down from Feb. to April 2020, 50%-80% drop in revenue