Singapore Returns To Phase 2 Heightened Alert

Following surging cases under the KTV and Jurong Fishery Port clusters, Singapore will return to Phase 2 Heightened Alert from 22 July to 18 August 2021 in an effort to slow down transmission in the local community. Tightened measures including suspension of dining-in at all F&B outlets will be implemented. With guidance from your economics tutor Singapore in economics tuition Singapore, explain why it is necessary to suspend dining-in at F&B outlets. You may sign up for economics tuition Singapore with a reputable economics tutor Singapore should you need help with the subject.

Tighter Restrictions Under Phase 2 Heightened Alert

To many people’s disappointment, dining-in will be again suspended. No exception has been made for those who are fully vaccinated. However, the government may consider differentiated measures when two thirds of the local population has been fully vaccinated or when the situation is under control. The suspension of dining-in is another blow to the F&B business owners. They expect a significant drop in their business revenues due to lower orders as well as high platform fees charged by the third-party food delivery apps such as GrabFood, foodpanda and deliveroo. These third-party food delivery apps charge vendors a platform fee ranging from 25 per cent to 30 per cent. In consultation with your economics tutor Singapore in your economics tuition Singapore class, discuss the economic implications of these tighten measures on the F&B business owners.

The limit-of-two rule will be reinstated. Limit on the size of social gatherings will be reduced to 2 from the current 5. In addition, each household will be allowed to host up to 2 distinct visitors per day. Exceptions have been made for grandparents providing care for their grandchildren. To minimise the risk of these grandparents being infected, the government strongly encourages them to get vaccination. Despite the repeated calls from the government officials, vaccination rate for the seniors remains low. You may consult your economics tutor Singapore in economics tuition Singapore about the possible reasons.

Indoor activities that require participants to remove their masks will be suspended too. These include indoor sports classes, singing classes, as well as massage, facials and saunas. Exceptions have been made to medical and dental consultations. Tuition centres, including economics tuition Singapore centres can remain open. Economics Cafe Learning Centre is the best economics tuition Singapore centre. Its principal economics tutor Singapore, Mr Edmund Quek will continue to conduct economics tuition Singapore classes at the economics tuition Singapore centre. The economics tutor Singapore will also provide online economics tuition Singapore classes for those who prefer not to travel amidst surging community cases.

KTV Lounge And Jurong Fishery Port Clusters

The sudden surge in local transmissions in Singapore can be mainly attributed to the KTV lounge and Jurong Fishery Port clusters, the two biggest existing clusters in Singapore. Prior to the emergence the KTV cluster, the local community cases had been kept low. On 14 July 2021, local community cases jumped to 56 cases. The situation has gone beyond control since then, with local transmissions snowballing to 163 on 19 July 2021 and 182 on 20 July 2021. You may approach your economics tutor Singapore in your economics tuition Singapore class for an analysis of what happened during this period. Mr Ong Ye Kung, Health Minister and co-chair of Covid-19 task force warned that β€œat the current rate of transmission, infection cases will rise sharply”.

Following the emergence of the KTV lounge and Jurong Fishery Port clusters, all KTV lounges as well as stalls selling fresh fish and seafood have been ordered to close. They can only resume operations after being tested negative. Some hawker centres are also closed with confirmed cases linked to the Jurong Fishery Port cluster.

Linda Geng

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