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Libraries and government service centres to reopen gradually

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More public spaces will progressively be made accessible when Singapore enters phase two of its reopening tomorrow, including public libraries, various government service centres and common areas in public housing estates such as playgrounds and fitness corners.

In a statement yesterday, the Public Service Division said the reopening after the circuit breaker will be in tandem with more activities resuming in phase two, but added that programmes and activities which require physical presence will resume in small groups with reduced density, intensity and duration.

The number of people allowed in open court hearings may also be restricted to comply with safe distancing measures.

Libraries, museums and exhibition spaces will not resume operations tomorrow, but reopen progressively instead.

Various service centres belonging to government agencies will also begin to operate again in phase two, but on an appointment-only basis.

These include the Housing Board's service counters islandwide and the Central Provident Fund Board's five service centres.

However, facilities that may involve large numbers of people interacting with one another in enclosed spaces or for a prolonged period of time will not reopen during phase two in order to minimise the risk of outbreaks of infection.

This means that while parts of public parks and nature reservessuch as carparks, fields and lawns will reopen in phase two, barbecue pits, camping sites and miscellaneous attractions such as galleries in these parks will remain off limits.

However, food and beverage and retail outlets in parks will be allowed to reopen.

Playfields and beaches under the Singapore Land Authority will reopen, but tourist attractions such as the Science Centre and those on Sentosa will remain closed for now, as will indoor and outdoor performance venues such as theatres and concert halls.