Essential Shops Open During COVID-19 Circuit Breaker (7 April-1 June 2020)

Geralyne Ong

Geralyne Ong

Last updated 19 May, 2020

Not everything is closed (phew!), but the advisory is to go out only if you really need something and remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing while you’re out.

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, some information in this article may change without prior notice. This article was last updated on 19 May 2020.

Yes, you read that right, some shops are still open and you will still be able to purchase daily essentials, personal hygiene products, and hot meals. Here’s a revised list of essential shops that will remain open during the 7 April to 1 June 2020 extended circuit breaker, in order to provide you and your family with convenient and delicious solutions.

Why do we have a circuit breaker?

During Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s televised address on 3 April, he announced that Singapore will “impose significantly stricter measures” to combat the spread of COVID-19. They include closing workplaces (with the exception of essential services), schools to implement full home-based learning and restrictions to all movements and gatherings—a circuit breaker. 

A second address was made on 21 April to provide Singaporeans with an update on the COVID-19 situation, extend the circuit breaker for another 4 weeks (from 4 May to 1 June) and further reduce the list of essential shops. The aim is to bring down the number of community cases and contain “leakages” to the public from the foreign workers dormitory. 

How long will the circuit breaker last? 

The circuit breaker will last for almost 2 months — from 7 April to 1 June 2020 (initially 4 May).

What are essential services?

Essential services are businesses that we all rely on for our basic needs. These businesses include supermarkets, food courts, hawkers, food delivery, hardware stores, medical clinics, vets, pet food shops, logistic companies and banks. To put things into perspective, revised non-essential services include bubble tea shops, arcades, massage parlours, furniture shops, electronic stores, gyms and movie theatres.

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1. Supermarkets

There’s no need to panic buy or hoard groceries as both major supermarkets, NTUC FairPrice and Cold Storage, will remain open throughout. The import of vegetables, meats, fruits and home cleaning products are not affected by the circuit breaker either, so nothing should be getting in your way of shopping for your weekly groceries. 

Both NTUC Fairprice and Cold Storage’s online stores are also open. Just bear in mind that they are currently experiencing a surge in orders and delivery times may be affected. 

Region of Singapore NTUC FairPrice Cold Storage
North Woodlands Civic Centre
900 South Woodlands Drive #B1-01, Singapore 730900

7am to 11pm
Causeway Point
1 Woodlands Square #B1-31/32/33, Singapore 738099

9am to 10:30pm
South Bukit Merah Central
Blk 166 Bukit Merah Central, #01-3531, Singapore 150166

7am to 11pm
Great World City
1 Kim Seng Promenade #B1-139, Singapore 237994

Mon to Thu: 9am to 10pm
Fri to Sun: 8:30am to 10pm
East Bedok Mall
311 New Upper Changi Road #B2-60, Singapore 467360

8am to 11pm
Parkway Parade
80 Marine Parade Road #B1-84, Singapore 449269

9am to 10:30pm
West Bukit Batok Central
10 Bukit Batok Central #01-08, Singapore 659958

7am to 11:30pm
The Star Vista
1 Vista Exchange Green #B1-02&35/36, Singapore 138617

9am to 11pm
Central ZhongShan Park
20 Ah Hood Rd #02-01, Singapore 329984

8am to 11pm
Velocity @ Novena Square
238 Thomson Road #01-28, Singapore 307683

9am to 10pm
North-East Hougang Mall
90 Hougang Ave 10 #B1-07, Singapore 538766

8am to 10pm
23 Serangoon Central #B2-44/45, Singapore 556083

24 Hours

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Yes, the Japanese supermarket that plays a really catchy jingle that goes “Don Don Don, Donki, DON DON DONKI I’m in paradise, it’s a wonderful place for me”. You can still get your hands on Japanese groceries, ready-to-eat meals and snacks at DON DON DONKI. Most of their shops remain open, but with revised operating hours. 

Region of Singapore Nearest DON DON DONKI Shop Revised Operating Hours
100 Tras Street, 100 AM, #02 01- 05/22-26, #03 01-05/09-23, Singapore 079027

DON DON DONKI Clarke Quay Central
6 Eu Tong Sen Street, The Central, #B1 11-28/44-51, Singapore 059817
100AM: 9am to 11pm

Clarke Quay Central: 10am to 12am
50 Jurong Gateway Road, Jem, #02-24/26 & #03-27/29, Singapore 608549

2 Jurong East Central 1, JCube, #B1-12/18/19, Singapore 609731
JEM: 9am to 12am

JCube: 10am to 11pm
Central DON DON DONKI Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #B2 01-10/30/43 & #B1 15-29/K7/K8, Singapore 238896

10 Sinaran Drive, #B1 01-85, Singapore 307506
Orchard Central: 24 Hours

Square 2: 9am to 11pm
North-East DON DON DONKI City Square Mall
180 Kitchener Road, City Square Mall, #B2 05/18, Singapore 208539
9am to 12am

3. 24-Hour convenience stores

Rain or shine, all 7-Eleven and Cheers convenience stores will open 24/7. Services like bill payments, SIM card top-ups, cash withdrawals and sending or collection of parcels are also available over-the-counter. 

4. Health and beauty care stores

Fret not if you’ve run out of shampoo, vitamins, baby milk powder or even a specific brand of hypoallergenic soap for your little one because Watsons and Guardian’s retail and online stores are open. Watsons pharmacies are also open as usual for those who need their prescription medication, antihistamines for an allergic reaction, medicated eye drops, etc.

5. Optical stores

Broke on your spectacles and need a replacement or ran out of contact lens solution? You’d be relieved to know that optical stores like Owndays, Spectacle hut, Capital Optical and your neighbourhood optical stores are ready to help. However, before heading down, we recommend that you give them a call first as many have revised their operating hours. 

6. Coffee shops, hawkers and mini-marts

Keeping the best for last, most of your favourite neighbourhood coffee shops, hawkers and mini-marts will remain open to provide comforting hot meals and daily necessities. This means you can still get your kopi and pau for breakfast, chicken rice for lunch, lemon biscuits for tea time and tze char for dinner. To minimise time spent outside the home, all coffee shops, hawkers and restaurants are only allowed to offer food for takeaway. 

As a matter of fact, many hawkers have started to offer free island-wide delivery services if you hit a minimum order and, if not, for a small fee. You can find an entire encyclopedia of hawkers offering this service on the Facebook page #HawersUnited2020.

Can’t find what you want? There are many other options on food delivery apps like Grabfood, Foodpanda and Deliveroo. Better yet, use a promo code from our handy list and swipe on the right card to save even more on your next food delivery order.

7. Barbers and salons

Barbers and salons will reopen, but are only allowed to offer simple haircuts. Other regular salon services like perming, rebonding, treatment, colouring and chemical treatments are not allowed. This is to minimise close physical contact and encourage more to stay home.

8. Bakeries, confectioneries and cake shops

Hurray for cake! Bakeries, cafes, confectioneries and cake shops (including home-based bakers) have now reopened — just in time for Hari Raya celebrations. No dining in on their premises just yet, they are only open for takeaway and delivery.

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A lover of gin and all things Nigella Lawson, Geralyne’s constantly trying to adult like a pro. She spends most of her leisure time serving fur-babies and doing as many mountain climbers as she possibly can.


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