SINGAPORE: Home-based businesses, including those in the food and beverage line, must meet certain criteria in order to continue operating during the “circuit breaker” period or face a S$1,000 fine. 

These requirements include operating only online without requiring business owners or staff to leave their homes, and not requiring customers or third-party delivery services at the premises to collect or deliver goods.

This was stated in a joint reply by four government agencies – the Trade and Industry Ministry, Environment and Water Resources Ministry, Housing Board and Urban Redevelopment Authority – in response to media queries regarding the operation of such businesses during the circuit breaker period, which is aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19.

SINGAPORE: Home-based businesses, including those in the food and beverage line, must meet certain criteria in order to continue operating during the “circuit breaker” period or face a S$1,000 fine. 

These requirements include operating only online without requiring business owners or staff to leave their homes, and not requiring customers or third-party delivery services at the premises to collect or deliver goods.

This was stated in a joint reply by four government agencies – the Trade and Industry Ministry, Environment and Water Resources Ministry, Housing Board and Urban Redevelopment Authority – in response to media queries regarding the operation of such businesses during the circuit breaker period, which is aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19.

“If the nature of the home-based business does not meet the stipulated regulations, it will need to cease operations. This includes home-based food and beverage businesses,” they said, adding that action will be taken against businesses that flout the rules. 

Businesses that continue operating during this period without meeting the necessary criteria face a fine of S$1,000 for a first offence, with repeat offenders facing higher fines or prosecution in court. 

Read More: CNA

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