-By Roshan Sageer
As the world continues to battle the Covid-19 pandemic, Singapore went into a broad lockdown by adopting multi-pronged precautionary measures under the moniker “circuit breaker” for a period of two months from April to May. During this period, the Singapore Government announced a slew of monitory reliefs and budgetary measures to sustain the economy and assist Singaporeans in coping with the impact of the pandemic.
The implementation of circuit breaker saw most businesses, recreational and other service sectors suspending their operations with only essential services continuing to function. Most businesses quickly adapted to the new normal and embraced technology that facilitated services being provided remotely, while employees started working from home embracing online virtual communication solutions. With extensive contract-tracing, enhanced testing capacity and a robust healthcare system and facilities, Singapore is on track to regain normalcy, steadily bringing down the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases.
But the challenge is far from over. The Singapore government announced three additional supplementary budgets (namely the Resilience Budget, the Solidarity Budget, and the Fortitude Budget) to provide a much-needed fiscal boost to the Singapore economy and to weather the immediate fallout of the corona virus outbreak.
Given below is a summary of essential features of the budget and how they have been enhanced progressively:
As Singapore enters the post- circuit breaker phase, the government has rolled out a three-phased approach to resume activities. With the start of Phase 2 starting 19 June 2020, more businesses look forward to opening their stores as retail outlets, dine-ins, and recreational activities are to resume operations.
The Helmi Talib Group has been pro-actively following the events as they happen and implementing the measures introduced by the Singapore Government to ensure the health and safety of everyone. During this time, we have made use of extensive digital systems in place to aid business continuity and ensure the delivery of service excellence that meet the needs of our clients.
In addition to encouraging the use of TraceTogether and SafeEntry Apps to assist in contract tracing, the Helmi Talib Group has initiated constant upgrades to their digital systems including online collaboration tools such as Microsoft 365 for business and VPN systems to keep up with changing needs and consumers demands. Enhancing employee skills using online training platforms to get them prepared and accustomed to the new normal has been a priority, so that we can meet the challenges of tomorrow with confidence. With regular communication and virtual team building activities, we have also worked towards ensuring the wellbeing and health of our employees. As the situation evolves, our commitment to meet the expectations of our clients continues to remain as strong as ever.
The world will be different after Covid-19, and that includes Singapore. Work-from-home arrangements, social distancing, and increased sanitation practices are just a few of the new changes that the people will have to get used to. Nevertheless, Singapore’s extensive budget planning has given the confidence to many that our economy will slowly be rebuilt with the support of both the government and its people.