CNBC International YouTube channel just dropped a video about how life would be after lockdown measures have been lifted.
This is based off Hong Kong and China, both which are kind of out of the woods and are going through the new norms now.
It’s just like what many countries are doing now: everyone’s wearing masks, temperature has to be taken before entering any premises, places with mass gathering still closed, eateries have their seating limits reduced and social distancing rules still apply.
While it’s unknown whether Singapore would be similar, one thing’s for sure: in our new society, other than the usual rules, we’re going to leverage a lot on technology.
One of which is something we’re already used to: TraceTogether.
And another is one that seems even more effective as it doesn’t require everyone to download an app: SafeEntry.
SafeEntry Check-In System to be In Even More Places, Including Barbers & Taxis
If you’ve been out and about in supermarkets, or you’re an essential worker, you’d be familiar with SafeEntry.
Basically, what you need to do is to scan a QR code before you enter any place, be it your workplace or a supermarket.
You just need to key in your personal details once, and everywhere you go, it’ll use the same details.
Here’s how it’ll work:
For businesses, you’d be glad to know that onboarding your business premises isn’t going to be difficult. Here’s a tutorial:
The system doesn’t just allow contact tracing to be done easily, but also saves manpower costs since businesses would need to spend time logging down each visitor’s details.
Today, the authorities listed down places that need a SafeEntry check-in system from 12 May 2020:
- Workplaces e.g. offices, factories
- Schools and educational institutes
- Healthcare facilities e.g. hospitals, clinics, TCM clinics
- Residential care facilities e.g. nursing homes
- Selected popular wet markets (Geylang Serai Market, Block 104/105 Yishun Ring Road (Chong Pang Market), Block 20/21 Marsiling Lane, and Block 505 Jurong West Street 52)
And that’s not all: from 12 May 2020 onwards, the system would be progressively rolled out to taxis.
So far, F&B outlets are not required to do so as they’re open for delivery or takeaway only, but employees would still need to check in with the system.
Technology to be Used for Contact Tracing
Yesterday, during a virtual press conference, the multi-ministry task force also said that they’re continuously working on tracking technology so that contact tracing can be done faster and more effective.
How about people who don’t have a smartphone?
The authorities are working on some kind of wearable or a dongle for contact tracing purposes.
So don’t be surprised if, on 2 June 2020, Singapore looks like a scene from Black Mirror—oh, wait.
Singapore already looked like a scene from Black Mirror since 7 April 2020.
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