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Businesses affected by COVID-19 measures

Health is crucial that's a given. At the same time people still need to make enough to pay for their daily needs. As business owners or entrepreneurs, its not just about having a good product or a good marketing plan- it also means you have to keep an eye on the competition and very importantly the changing landscape.

Take a look at the situation in Singapore- unvaccinated persons cannot dine in at hawker centres, enter malls from 13 Oct 2021.

Starting 13 October 2021 Wednesday, only up to two persons per group who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can dine in at hawker centres and coffee shops, and enter shopping malls and attractions.

The multi-ministry taskforce MTF announced these latest measures as part of the expanded vaccination-differentiated safe management measures (VDS) for COVID-19 at a media conference on Saturday 9th October 2021.

The Ministry of Health said in a statement “Epidemiological investigations have identified food and beverage (F&B) settings such as hawker centres, retail establishments, and shopping centres as settings frequently visited by a significant proportion of COVID-19 positive cases, including those who are unvaccinated, and later on fell very sick,”

Those who do not meet the criteria for regular F&B establishments can still buy take-away food.

Children aged 11 years and below, recovered individuals, and unvaccinated individuals with a valid negative pre-event test result can be included in the group of two.

From 27 September 2021, Singapore returned to a two-person dining-in rule down from 5. This was to slow down community COVID-19 transmission.

So if you are running an F&B outlet, a store in a mall or trying to sell wares- how will you deal with the changing landscape? Do you hope and pray or do you have a plan and implement it?

What do you think?

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