COVID-19: A Force Majeure Event?

    View Author April 2020

    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was first reported in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 and has since spread globally rapidly. The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic on 11 March 2020, and on 3 April 2020, the Singapore government implemented an elevated set of safe distancing measures as a circuit breaker to pre-empt the trend of increasing local transmission of COVID-19 (CB Measures).

    The CB Measures aim to reduce much more significantly movements and interactions in public and private spaces in Singapore, and involve the closure of all physical workplace premises (save for certain essential services) from 7 April 2020 to 1 June 2020.