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Singapore reopens Chinese drugstores and barbers with tracing system

City-state will restart businesses in phases, beginning May 5

SINGAPORE -- Singapore will reopen businesses, step by step, starting May 5, the government said Saturday, in the first easing of business closures since nonessential workplaces and schools were shut on April 7.

The restart relies on technology to ensure safety. Retail businesses that reopen will be required to use the government-developed SafeEntry contact tracing system to record who visits shops.

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