The lists of businesses (and the corresponding Singapore Standard Industrial Classification (SSIC) codes) that may operate can be found here. Businesses in these lists do not need to apply to MTI for exemption before resuming operations.
If you cannot recall your company’s primary SSIC code or are unsure of what your business activity is classified as, you can log in to BizFile+ with your Singpass to retrieve your primary SSIC code. You can then look for it on the list of permitted services.
The Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) announced on 19 May that we will exit the Circuit Breaker and resume activities in a phased manner from 2 June to minimise the risk of a resurgence in COVID-19 community transmission. In Phase One starting from 2 June, the MTF gradually allowed more workers to return to work, starting with businesses that operate in settings with lower transmission risks, or that do not require interactions with large groups of people. In Phase Two starting from 19 June, we allowed the resumption of a broad range of activities, including the reopening of physical outlets of retail businesses, as well as the resumption of food and beverage dine-in, personal health and wellness, and home-based services.
Before resuming activities, businesses must comply with the requirements for Safe Management Measures and any sector-specific requirements which apply to them.
Businesses should suspend operations in their premises from 7 April 2020 onwards until they are approved by MTI to continue operations or their business activity falls within the list of permitted services here.
If employees have to be activated to return to the workplace for short periods of time (i.e. less than a day), employers are required to apply to MTI for a time-limited exemption to do so here. If employers need to maintain a skeletal workforce at the workplace for longer periods, an application for a general exemption should be submitted instead here.
Companies operating under a General Exemption must submit an application for additional manpower via the GoBusiness portal, to allow more employees to return to the workplace.
As of 5 April 2021, employers must ensure that no more than 75% of employees who can work from home can be at the workplace at any point in time. There is no longer a limit on the proportion of an individual employee’s working time that can be spent at the workplace. The mandatory split team requirement will also be removed.
Yes. If your company’s activities are listed in the list of permitted services, you will be allowed to resume operations. If your company has other business functions or services that do not belong to the list of permitted services, these other business functions or services should remain suspended until further notice.
If your company needs to support a permitted service please submit an application for a General Exemption or a Time-Limited Exemption here.
You will only be allowed to operate when your General Exemption or Time-Limited Exemption is approved.
All businesses that are resuming operations must adhere to stringent safe management measures, as well as comply with any sector-specific requirements relevant to their business, before resuming operations. Please refer to these requirements here.
Businesses which receive a General Exemption approval to resume operations must declare their number of workers who are working onsite within 2 days of the commencement of operations.
If your company has other business functions or services that are not in the list of permitted services, these other business functions or services should remain suspended until further notice.
You should refer to the SSIC code for your primary business activity and check it against the list of permitted services that can resume operations here.
No. You may resume operations only if the SSIC code for your primary business activity falls within the list of permitted services that can resume operations. However, if you intend to only carry out the secondary activity (and not the primary activity) which falls within the list of permitted services, you may submit an application for General Exemption here.
You will need to submit an application for General Exemption here and receive approval from MTI before resuming operations.
Freelancers have to be registered with ACRA, unless the business is carried out in your full name as reflected in your NRIC.
If the business is carried out in your full name as reflected in your NRIC, you can include a description of your business and click here to search for the SSIC code which corresponds to the nature of your business activity. Once you have retrieved your SSIC code, please check it against the list of permitted services that can resume operations here.
All membership organisations which are registered with the Registry of Societies are allowed to resume their onsite activities, subject to the implementation of safe management measures and any sector specific requirements relevant to their activities, before resuming operations. Please refer to these requirements here.
Under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act, first-time offenders found operating will face a fine of up to $10,000, imprisonment of up to six months, or both. Subsequent offences may face a fine of up to $20,000, imprisonment of up to twelve months, or both.
If your primary SSIC code falls into the list of permitted services and you have not changed your primary SSIC code recently, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Your company may resume the business activities that fall within the list of permitted services.
If your company’s business activities do not fall within the permitted services for the SSIC code of your company’s primary business activity, these activities should remain suspended until further notice. You will need to apply for a General Exemption.
If your exemption/resumption status is reflected as “permitted from [date]”, you will only be allowed to resume operations from the specified date. If your exemption/resumption status is reflected as just “permitted”, you are already allowed to continue your operations.