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Many Singapore stores set to reopen as lockdown rules relaxed

Singapore retail sales Chinatown

Singapore stores are set to reopen as the country will enter the second phase of reopening on Friday, June 19.

According to advice from the government, retailers may reopen under Phase Two of the easing of restrictions on Friday, but they must adhere to safe distancing measures. Beauty retailers will not be allowed to let customers test products.

For F&B retailers, dine-in will be permitted with up to five diners per table, however buffets will be banned until further notice.

Live music, television and video screenings are not allowed under stage 2 and restaurants may not run any promotional specials or reopening discounts (to discourage crowds) for at least a fortnight. They will also have to stop liquor sales and consumption at 10.30pm.

Shared condiments and self-service drink dispensers are also banned.

Larger venues with high traffic such as malls, department stores or large-scale standalone retail outlets have to restrict capacity to ensure safe distancing. Operators are required to prevent crowds or long queues from building up.

Malls are not allowed to run promotional activities in centre courts and features such as play areas must remain closed.

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