An experienced Japanese dog grooming service in Singapore recently announced it will be reopening on 2 June 2020. This will be the day after Circuit Breaker (CB) ends, and replaced with a slightly relaxed CB Phase 1.
However this announcement by the pet groomer also mentioned a "need" to increase its pricing by $5. Their reason for this price increase was to put the blame on Covid19.
The announcement has sparked concern about what the groomer meant by "C-19 business environment". If the rental costs are too high for this business, should it not approach the landlord or government to cut or defer the rent?
This incident is similar to a local hair salon which suddenly increased its pricing by 80% just before CB started.
Will we be seeing more businesses follow suit with price increases?