The retailers which sell you cute work pants and Spring-themed eyeshadow palettes may not fall under "essential services", but thankfully, we can still indulge in retail therapy during Singapore's Circuit Breaker period, from April 7 (today) to May 4.
If your favourite fashion, beauty and lifestyle retailers are operating online, they will be able to carry on delivering their latest goods to your doorstep. Rachel Lim, co-founder of homegrown fashion label Love, Bonito told 8days.sg, "We fall under 'Others' in the [Circuit Breaker measures], in the 'online retail and related supply chains' category, so we are exempted [from the suspension of activities at workplace premises]. Those of us who can work from home will work from home. But yes, we are able to [go into our warehouse and pack orders] and carry on with deliveries."
Will there be delays in deliveries for Love, Bonito then? Our latest order for Nespresso capsules, placed yesterday, will take almost a week, as opposed to the usual same-day or next-day delivery. According to Rachel, though she is checking with their courier partners, there shouldn't be any changes in deliveries. Also, the company has ensured strict safe distancing and cleaning measures in their warehouse for the safety of their team and customers.
Over at beauty retailer Sephora, it's also business, though not-as-usual. All their retail stores are now closed and they've committed to serving your beauty needs online at Sephora.sg and their Sephora Singapore mobile app. Additionally, they've outlined to their members the precautionary measures they've taken with their delivery partners to make sure you get your products safely. These include daily temperature checks for staff, drivers to carry personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and sanitisers, and contactless delivery, where drivers will maintain social distance by leaving your packages outside your door and informing you by SMS upon successful delivery.
Many of our other favourite local brands continue to operate online and deliver to your door, such as Yacht 21, Beyond the Vines, Our Second Nature, In Good Company, Matter and Charles & Keith. Support local and shop for when things get better.