While more people are set to return to the workplace from June 2 onwards after the circuit breaker ends, office life for this select group of people is going to look a little different.

Just who is allowed to return to the workplace? The general rule of thumb is that telecommuting is still the default, even for companies allowed to resume operations in Phase 1, according to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). So if you’ve been working from home during CB, you must continue to do so. You’re only allowed back in the office for purposes that are not possible with telecommuting, for instance, accessing specialised equipment.

And if you’re one of those who are heading back to the office post-circuit breaker, expect a plethora of safe distancing measures to prevent community spread of Covid-19 (there’s a comprehensive list of guidelines for employers to ensure the safety of employees). These include implementing the SafeEntry system for all employees and vistors to the office, appointing Safe Management Officers to ensure safe distancing measures are carried out, and stepping up cleaning and disinfection in the workplace.

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