Beginning next Tuesday, Singapore will be sort of experiencing the similar situation as what Malaysia is currently in; partial lockdown. However, the measures to be observed here in Singapore are more relaxed than the movement control order (MCO) in Malaysia. It should be the time for Singapore to do so…it is already far behind other countries in implementing that despite high number of coronavirus cases observed daily here too.
Yesterday, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the decision to implement a partial lockdown or which he prefers to call it as ‘circuit breaker’ to prevent further jump in the coronavirus cases in this island nation. The word ‘lockdown’ creates panic. Hence, Malaysia uses the term ‘movement control order’ while Singapore uses the term ‘circuit breaker’. The latter sounds so technological…
This ‘circuit breaker’ which is to begin next Tuesday, April 7th will see closure of all workplaces except for those considered essentials. All schools will be closed. All dining outlets will be open but only available for takeaways and delivery services (no dine-in allowed). All entertainment venues, attractions, museums, retails (except essentials), gyms, public swimming pools, fitness clubs, casinos and theme parks will be closed. This will continue for a month. The current measure of 1m safe distancing isn’t enough as there are now a lot of unlinked local cases which shows that community spread is evident.
However, there are quite a number of places that will remain open unlike what we see now in Malaysia. In Singapore when this circuit breaker starts, I can still go out for haircut, I can still go out for exercise or jogging and I can still go out anytime to buy my food and stuff.
I have started working at home since mid of last week due to all the existing measures Singapore has implemented to control the Covid-19 outbreak. I have a lot of works to do for this month and hence this ‘work-at-home’ practice isn’t actually a good thing. For most others, it will be good as they can simply jump to their bed during the working hours whenever they want without their bosses knowing if they are not that occupied for this month. I even have to rush for my lunch in the past few days working at home.
I also have to adapt to working with laptop as I’m already used to working with desktop (larger screen) in the office. It is pretty hard to work with CAD and BIM using laptop due to the much smaller screen and lower speed. No choice…I have to work with it for at least a month now. Why are there so many things in rush deadlines for me now while almost the rest of the world comes to a halt or a brake now due to Covid-19?!
(Images in this post are from various online sources)