New rules to curb the spread of COVID19 in Singapore kick in today. What you need to know:
SINGAPORE: With the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the community, Singapore has announced tighter measures for about three weeks from Saturday ...
BookmarkSINGAPORE: With the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the community, Singapore has announced tighter measures for about three weeks from Saturday (May 8) to curb the spread of infection.Places that are considered high risk, such as indoor gyms and fitness studios, will have to close, while fewer people will be allowed at attractions, public libraries, funerals and MICE events.
AdvertisementAdvertisementLimits for gatherings will also be reduced from eight people to five - bringing Singapore back to what it was in Phase 2 of its reopening, which ended on Dec 27.Here are some changes that may affect your everyday activities:CAN I MEET FAMILY OR FRIENDS AT THEIR HOMES?
Yes, but households can only receive five distinct visitors per day.AdvertisementAdvertisementPeople are also advised to keep to a maximum of two social gatherings per day, whether it is to visit another household or to meet with friends or family in a public place. headtopics.com
The five-person rule applies to all social gatherings, including dining at restaurants.CAN I STILL GO FOR EXERCISE CLASSES?AdvertisementYes, but only if you are taking outdoor classes, which is subject to a cap of 30 participants. Group sizes must be kept to five people, with a 3m distance between each group.
However, indoor gyms and fitness studios will have to close as they are considered high risk.These are small enclosed spaces where people are often unmasked while exercising, and in close proximity to other people who are not wearing masks, the authorities said.
WHAT ARE THE WORKPLACE RESTRICTIONS?More people will have to work from home.From May 8 to 30, the proportion of employees returning to the workplace will be reduced to 50 per cent, down from the current 75 per cent.For those returning to the workplace, employers must stagger their start times and implement flexible working hours. Split team arrangements are not required.
However, social gatherings at workplaces should be avoided, authorities said. In cases where they cannot be avoided, gatherings are limited to the revised group size of five.CAN I STILL ATTEND WORSHIP SERVICES?Yes, but pre-event COVID-19 testing will be required for services with more than 100 attendees at any one time. headtopics.com
There is no change to the cap of 250 attendees but currently, pre-event testing is not required.As an additional measure, congregational singing will be suspended in religious organisations to manage risk of COVID-19 spread.READ: Possibility of circuit breaker ‘not ruled out’ as COVID-19 taskforce announces tighter measures
HOW WILL WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS BE AFFECTED?As with current restrictions, marriage solemnisations may proceed with up to 250 attendees. This includes the wedding couple but excludes the solemniser and vendors.Guests must be grouped in zones of up to 50 attendees.
What's new is that pre-event testing will be required for the wedding couple if their solemnisation involves more than 50 attendees.Similarly, wedding receptions with up to 250 attendees may continue in zones or time slots of up to 50 guests each.
But pre-event testing will be required for all attendees if the reception involves more than 50 people. This limit is currently set at 100.For burials or cremations, the cap on attendees will be reduced from 50 to 30. The limit for other days of the wake will remain at 30 people at any one time. headtopics.com
WILL ATTRACTIONS AND TOURS CLOSE?No, but there will be a new limit on the number of visitors.Operating capacities at attractions, museums and public libraries will be reduced from 65 per cent to 50 per cent.Tour groups will need to reduce the number of participants to 20 people from the current limit of 50.
For cinemas, pre-event testing will be required if there are more than 100 patrons. There will be no change to the total number of patrons allowed, which is capped at 250.USE OF TRACE TOGETHERRemember to bring along your TraceTogether token when you head out, or simply use the TraceTogether app on your phone.
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