23 July 2020
The wide-ranging ramifications of the Covid-19 outbreak are being (and will likely continue to be) felt across the world. Stringent travel restrictions and safe distancing requirements imposed on a global scale to battle this pandemic have had severe repercussions on the hospitality industry as events and tourism sharply declined. Closer to home, Singapore entered a circuit breaker period on 7 April 2020 to pre-empt escalating Covid-19 infections. The circuit breaker period ended on 1 June 2020 and there followed the start of a three-phased approach to resume activities safely on 2 June 2020. During the circuit breaker period, a majority of businesses in the hospitality industry closed their doors as only Essential Service providers were allowed to physically continue operations. While the circuit breaker period has ended, the hospitality industry continues to be subject to operating restrictions. As disruptions to the hospitality industry appear unlikely to relent in the near future, this articles serves to highlight some of the pertinent and material considerations businesses should take into account in navigating the rapidly-evolving legal landscape and moving forward from Covid-19.
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