Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Monday (13 Dec) that Singapore is beginning to see “encouraging signs” of improvement as compared to the past three months as the pandemic situation eases.
However, Singapore still remains in the woods but he is confident that Singapore can cope with the new Omicron variant with booster jabs as well as the vaccines.
PM Lee also announced that the Community Development Council (CDC) vouchers will be given out to all Singaporean households with the value of $100 from Monday.
This vouchers can be used at hawker centres and businesses at the heartlands who are participating in this initiative.
The purpose of these vouchers is to support heartland businesses and hawkers who have been dealt a severe blow by the pandemic and also to thank Singaporeans for “bearing” with the government through these period of difficult times.
These vouchers will cost the government $130 million, and have to be claimed by 31 Dec 2022.
The vouchers will be made available in digital forms for easier usage.
This will help merchants track the usage easily with lesser hassle and will also help residents have convenience and flexibility of it being digital.
A member of each household can claim the vouchers from go.gov.sg/cdcv with their Singpass.There
The vouchers will also be made available in denominations of $2, $5 and $10.
After claiming the vouchers, a link will be sent to the mobile number of the individual and he or she can then share the link with their household members.
When using the vouchers, residents will just have to click on the link and select the amount that they want to use which will then generate a QR code that can be scanned at the merchant’s side.
There are about 10,000 heartland merchants participating in this initiative.
Assistance to claim the vouchers
Help will be provided for residents who finds it difficult to claim the digital vouchers at community centres, clubs and resident committees at estates with more elderly.
For those who are unable to claim them digitally for whatever the reason may be, there are also physical copies of the vouchers available at community centres and clubs.
Seniors who do not have household members to aid them in claiming the vouchers and those that are not savvy in technology will be given priority when going to the community centres and clubs.
Image source: vouchers.cdc.gov.sg