The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission(CIPC) says that they are revoking certificates that were once issued to non-essential services after discovering that some companies lied about the nature of their services.
“Certificates that have been issued to businesses that do not provide essential services are being revoked,” they said.
CIPC also added that they do not provide advice on the essential service list and regulations and encouraged businesses to determine themselves based on regulations if they qualify as essential services or not before applying for permits.
“The CIPC administers the BizPortal website for applications only. A company needs to determine themselves based on the regulations if they are regarded as an essential services or not,” they said.
CIPC notes that the essential service certificates being issued do not expire, they will be valid throughout the duration of lockdown.
“You do not need to renew your certificate because of the lockdown extension. The essential service certificates we issue do not expire, they are valid for the duration of the lockdown,” said CIPC.
The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) will be taking legal action against fraudulent applications.