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Easing of Circuit Breaker measures and next steps for the Projects and Construction industry in Singapore
With the outbreak of COVID-19, countries around the world have imposed lockdowns and curfews in one form or another. In Singapore, “Circuit Breaker” restrictions and measures were also imposed in response to the pandemic. To aid businesses, the government enacted the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 (the “Act”) when the Circuit Breaker measures were put in place in Singapore on 7 April 2020.
The Court of Appeal in Singapore recently released its judgment in Shimizu Corporation v Stargood Construction Pte Ltd  SGCA 37 (“Shimizu CA”).
In a landmark decision concerning the jurisprudence and applicability of the Building and Construction industry Security of Payment Act Cap 30B (“SOP Act”, interchangeably the “Act”), the Court of Appeal in Shimizu CA handed down binding new developments that are of high relevance to local developers and builders, as well as to international contractors based in, or are involved in projects seated in Singapore.