Written Notice During the COVID-19 Singapore Lockdown

    April 2020

    Contracts typically require “written notice” to be issued for certain situations. During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, many countries are in lockdown, with many working from home.

    Practically, this means there is limited to no access to physical mailboxes or mail services, with business dealings being conducted predominantly over electronic correspondences (“emails”).

    Whether emails will be acceptable as written notice will typically depend on the terms of the contract, as well as the governing laws of the contract, including:

    1. Whether the contract expressly includes or excludes emails as written notice
    2. Whether the laws of the governing law jurisdiction include or exclude emails as “written”