SINGAPORE – From Thursday July 22 to August 18, Singapore will return to phase two (heightened alert), with more stringent measures in place to curb the worsening of the Covid-19 situation.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday that the new measures would replace those previously announced on July 19.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Group size limit reduced to two
The group size limit for social gatherings will be reduced from five to two, with a cap of two separate visitors per household per day.
The health ministry said individuals should continue to limit their total number of social gatherings to no more than two per day, whether in another household or to meet friends and family in a public place. .
Children cared for daily by their grandparents will not be taken into account in these ceilings.
The new two-person limit also applies to hotel stays, unless all individuals belong to the same household.
In-person and enrichment classes can continue with classes of up to 50, but groups should be limited to two.
Working from home remains the default arrangement and social gatherings in the workplace remain prohibited.
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2. Meals on site and other masked activities again prohibited
Indoor and outdoor dining establishments will be permitted to offer take-out and delivery services only.
These include hawking centers and food courts. Cinemas should also not serve food or drink.
Personalized care services such as facials, saunas, and makeup services must also cease.
The same goes for intense indoor exercise classes or sports activities involving participants removing their masks. Classes where individuals keep their masks can continue with classes capped at 30 and groups capped at two.
These restrictions will not apply to medical and dental consultations that require patients to remove their masks. Non-medical facials will not be exempt.
However, wedding receptions, including those involving dinner, will still be allowed to continue. Group size remains capped at five people per table.
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3. Limits for live events reduced to 100
The ceiling for live performances, sporting events for spectators, wedding celebrations and receptions, cinema screenings, religious services, as well as events in the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions industry (Souris) will be reduced from 250 to 100 for events with event pretest.
Group sizes for these events will be limited to two, except for wedding receptions.
Events without prior testing are limited to 50 participants.
Unmasked singing and playing of wind instruments will no longer be permitted.
People attending Mice events will also not be allowed to remove their masks.
For wedding receptions, pre-event testing will be required for all attendees.
Previously, pre-event testing was only required for the main wedding party, which typically consists of the couple and their bridesmaids or groomsmen, for events with up to 50 attendees.
There is no change for funerals, which remain capped at 20 people anytime and every day.
4. Capacity caps for attractions, shopping centers to be cut
The operating capacity of attractions will be reduced to 25 percent, from 50 percent.
These include museums and public libraries, as well as cruises.
The cap for all tour groups will be reduced to 20, instead of 50.
Shopping centers and exhibition halls will also have to reduce their maximum occupancy limit from 10 mÂ² of gross floor area per person to 16 mÂ² per person.
5. SafeEntry registration mandatory for all markets, hawking centers
TraceTogether-only SafeEntry requirements will be enforced in all wet markets and hawking centers in Singapore.
This means that anyone entering these places must check in using the app or the TraceTogether token.
The health ministry said wet markets and hawker centers are places frequently visited by the public and are also places where many older people tend to congregate.
These measures are necessary for faster contact tracing, so that potential transmission to markets and hawker centers can be limited, he added.
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6. More support measures for affected businesses
The government will provide a support program to the businesses and workers affected, as the secure and tight management measures will remain in place until at least August 18.
The health ministry said this package “will take reference” to the support measures provided during the previous period of phase two (heightened alert).
He added that the finance ministry will announce more details in the coming days.
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