Singapore will soon pass the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Bill, giving temporary relief from some contractual obligations. It will only apply to contracts entered into or renewed before 25 March 2020, and to obligations to be performed on or after 1 February 2020. Initially it will be in place for six months but may be extended to 12 months. The relief is temporary – the obligation must be performed at the end of the suspension period. The right to claim frustration or force majeure is unaffected.
We look at (1) the contracts covered, (2) the relief available and (3) how to claim the relief.