Singapore eases Covid rules

SINGAPORE, 14 June 2021: Singapore eases Covid-19 measures initiating a gradual transfer from Phase Two to Three starting today, 14 June, in response to the slow down in community cases.

The Ministry of Public Health, in a statement last Friday, said: “We have slowed down the chains of transmission and reduced community cases and are now in a position to ease the tightened measures. As we still see a small number of unlinked cases from time to time, we continue to encourage the public to stay vigilant.”

As part of the calibrated reopening and transfer to Phase 3 (Heightened Alert), capacity ceilings rise for social gatherings, hosting MICE events and visiting attractions. The social gathering group size goes up from two to five persons and increases the cap of two distinct visitors per household per day to five distinct visitors per household per day.

The attendee ceiling will rise for visitors to attractions, cinemas, museums and public libraries. In some cases, the current capacity limit of 25% increases to 50% of the standard capacity. The capacity ceiling for cruise ships sailing from Singapore will also increase.

So-called MICE ( Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) events, live performances, spectator sports will increase to 250 attendees. Pre-event testing will be required for groups but not for events with 50 or fewer attendees.  However, unmasking and singing or playing of wind instruments at live performances remain prohibited but could resume from 21 June 2021, depending on the success of Phase Three.

If the situation remains stable other measures will ease as of 21 June, allowing dining in at F&B establishments but with the strict social distancing of 1 metre between groups of diners enforced ( maximum five people). Patrons must keep their masks on at all times, except when eating or drinking.

Meanwhile, Singapore reports steady progress with its overall vaccination programme. As of 9 June, more than 4.4 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered. Around 2.5 million individuals have received at least the first jab and about 1.9 million individuals the second dose.

About 74% of eligible seniors age 60 and above, close to 74% of eligible persons 45 to 59, and 65% of eligible persons 40 to 44 have received the Covid-19 vaccination or booked vaccination appointments. Jabs are now being given to residents 12 to 39 since 11 June.

(Source: News Ministry of Public Health)