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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance


Coronavirus and the Construction Industry: Bill to grant temporary relief for inability to perform contractual obligations

7 April 2020

On 1 April 2020, the Ministry of Law in Singapore announced the introduction of the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Bill (the "Bill"; when passed, the "Act"), a piece of legislation designed to provide temporary relief to businesses and individuals who are unable to perform contracts because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

A draft copy of the Bill was published on 3 April 2020 (available here) and the Bill is likely to be passed in Parliament in a single seating on 7 April 2020.  In this briefing, we give a brief overview of the key features of the Bill and consider how it may assist or affect parties in the construction industry.  (For a broader overview of issues faced by the construction industry in light of the Coronavirus, please refer to our previous briefing, Coronavirus: Issues for the Construction Industry.)

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