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What is the first thing you will do once circuit breaker ends?

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We long for post circuit breaker freedom but must still take precautions to be socially responsible regardless.

The circuit breaker is currently set to end in a month's time (Jun 1). 

Even though this stay-home period will soon be over, it will still take some time before things return to what it was previously. 

Most people are likely to continue working from home, while those who do go out will have to continue being vigilant and cautious to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

As we continue to take precautions and maintain good hygiene, Youth.SG asked some youths what is the first thing they want to do after the circuit breaker and the precautions they will still observe. 

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We will be able to reunite with our friends and extended family members soon.
PHOTO CREDIT: KELVIN DELVECCHIO VIA UNSPLASH

Meeting my friends 

"The first thing I want to do when the circuit breaker ends is to go out and meet my friends, because I miss them. Although there are many different ways to connect with my friends online, I still miss and crave physical and social interactions. 

"Even though the circuit breaker will be over, I'll still be careful about my surroundings. I will keep my distance from people in public areas and wear a mask whenever I have to go out because prevention is better than cure." - Nurul Humaira Helfinor, 19, Digital marketing intern. 

Seeing my boyfriend again 

"I would want to go see my boyfriend as soon as the circuit breaker is over. It's been a long time since we've met in real life and it's been hard going from seeing each other every day to not at all. 

"Although I would want to go out to places like bars, malls and cinemas where we typically go out on dates, I think I would start off with going to less crowded places first. Or maybe just go over to his place and watch a movie or a TV show." - Low Yun Ying, 20, Student 

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We must continue to be cautious as the circuit breaker ending does not mean that the fight against COVID-19 is over.
PHOTO CREDIT: COTTONBRO VIA PEXELS

Returning to school 

"After the circuit breaker ends, I wouldn't really want to do anything yet or go anywhere because I feel that a lot of people would already be rushing to leave. 

"But one thing I can't wait to do, is to be back in school, because studying online is not that effective [for me]." - Azeeq Azhar, 19, Student 

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Certain students still prefer studying in school as compared to home-based learning.
PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH.SG/JOCELYNNA SEAH 

Delayed Hari Raya celebrations 

"For Muslims, the end of circuit breaker is estimated to be in the middle of Syawal, which is the Islamic month where we celebrate Hari Raya. So I'm looking forward to celebrating Raya with my (extended) family first. 

"However, there might be lingering cases that we are unaware of and could be an issue during visitings for Raya. So I'll probably explain to my family that even though we're healthy and it is 'safe', we should still be a bit more kiasu and not visit our elders first as they are more susceptible to the virus." - Hadi Sudir, 25, Student 

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Even if large gatherings are still not allowed, many still hope to celebrate Hari Raya with small groups of relatives.
PHOTO CREDIT: HADI SUDIR 

Getting that whiff of fresh air 

"When the circuit breaker is over, the first thing I would like to do is go for a hike to get some fresh air. I will continue to wear my mask and sanitise my hands to protect myself and my loved ones." - Angelique Poh, 25, Outward Bound Singapore Staff 

Hitting the gym to get back in shape 

"I'm actually really looking forward to going back to the gym. It's been part of my almost daily routine for the past few years and not being able to go to the gym to lift for weeks on end feels very out of place. 

"Also, working out at home is not the same and cannot replace a good gym session. I'll try to go early in the morning when there aren't too many people at the gym and practise good hygiene standards when I'm there." - Trevor Wong, 21, Student 

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Being at home for two months plus without exercise takes a toll on a person's physical health and body.
PHOTO CREDIT: ANDREA PIACQUADIO VIA PEXELS 

Continue maintaining high standards of hygiene 

"I will always sanitise my hands and try to avoid going out when I'm sick. I'll try to avoid crowded places and practice safe distancing if possible, and since movies and dinners are quite crowded, we'll try not to go so often or go to the less crowded outlets." - Muhammad Izzul Tahir, 21, Student 

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY LOW JIA YING 

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