Further Restrictions Under Phase 2 (Heightened Alert)

Over the past two weeks several clusters of infections have emerged,  coupled with a pattern of local unlinked community cases. These developments have demonstrated higher attack rates and secondary transmission occurs in “mask-off” settings, households, and at eateries. Given this, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced additional measures and restrictions under Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) to minimise transmission of the virus in a swift and decisive manner. These measures are additional measures to what was announced on 4 May 2021.

To reduce risks of community transmission, indoor “mask-off” activities such as dine-in F&B establishments will cease. Other activities which will also not be allowed during this period include strenuous indoor exercise class or strenuous individual and group indoor sports and exercise activities. In addition, personalised services which require masks to be removed (e.g. facials and saunas), singing, and the playing of instruments that require intentional expulsion of air (e.g. wind or brass instruments) will also not be allowed.

The following measures will take effect from Sunday, 16 May 2021 through to Sunday, 13 June 2021.

 

Current measures

From 8 May

Phase 2 – Heightened Alert

Community Measures

 

Social gatherings and interactions

  • Group sizes up to 5 pax
  • Up to 5 unique household visitors a day
  • 2 social gatherings per day, whether to another household or in a public place 
  • Group sizes up to 2 pax

  • Up to 2 unique household visitors a day

  • 2 social gatherings per day, whether to another household or in a public place

  • Grandchildren being cared for by grandparents need not be included in the number of household visitors or social gatherings per day

 

Workplace

  • No more than 50% of the workforce who are able to work-from-home (WFH) can be at the workplace at any time  
  • Split team arrangement not required
  • Work-from-home as the default

  • No cross-deployment

  • Social gathering not allowed

 

 

 

Current measures

From 8 May

Phase 2 – Heightened Alert

Sector Measures

 

Food & Beverage incl hawker centres, food courts

  • Dine-in allowed up to prevailing group size (5 pax)
  • Dining-in to cease
  • Only takeaway and delivery allowed.

 

Congregational and worship services

  • Suspension of masked congregational singing
  • Up to 250 pax with pre-event testing (PET), up to 100 pax without PET
  • No unmasking/ singing / wind and brass instruments

  • Up to 100 pax with PET, up to 50 pax without PET

           
Shopping malls and showrooms
  • Occupancy limit of one person per 10 sqm of Gross Floor Area (GFA)

  • Odd and even date entry restrictions on Sundays reinstated for popular malls (Lucky Plaza, Peninsula Plaza)

  • Occupancy limit reduced to one person per 16 sqm of GFA

  • [No change] Odd and even date entry restrictions on Sundays will continue for popular malls (Lucky Plaza, Peninsula Plaza)

 

Attractions and shows 
  • Operating capacity of 50%
  • Shows (indoor/outdoor) to be capped at 100 pax, without PET
  • Operating capacity to be reduced to 25%
  • Shows (indoor/outdoor) to be capped at 100 pax with PET, up to 50 pax without PET

 

Museums
  •  Operating capacity of 50%
  • Operating capacity reduced to 25%

 

Public libraries
Cinemas
  • Up to 250 pax with PET, up to 100 pax without PET; with safe distancing between groups of up to 5 pax

  • Up to 100 pax with PET, up to 50 pax without PET; with safe distancing between groups of up to 2 pax

  • No food or beverage

 

Massage establishments (E.g. spas, saunas) & Hairdressers’ salons
  •  1m between all customers
  • Services which require masks to be removed (e.g. facials, saunas) to cease
Home Based Businesses (HBBs)
  • HBBs can operate subject to existing safe management measures, i.e. 5 unique visitors a day
  • HBBs to only operate on contactless delivery/collection model

Tour groups
  • Up to 20 pax per tour
  • [No change] Up to 20 pax per tour

 

Outdoor barbeque pits and campsites (in parks, HDB estates, condominiums, and country clubs)
  • Closed
  • [No change] Continue to be closed to the public

 

 

 

Current measures

From 8 May

Phase 2 – Heightened Alert

Event Parameters

 

MICE Events

  • Up to 250 pax with PET, up to 100 pax without PET

  • Up to 100 pax with PET, up to 50 pax without PET

  • No unmasking

  • No singing/or playing of instruments that require expulsion of air (e.g. wind, brass instruments) for live performances

 

Live Performances

Weddings

  • Wedding solemnisations: Up to 250 pax with PET for bride and groom, up to 50 pax without PET

  • Wedding receptions: Up to 250 pax with PET for all attendees, up to 50 pax without PET

  • Wedding solemnisations: Up to 100 pax with PET, up to 50 pax without PET
  • No wedding receptions

 

Funerals
  • Up to 30 pax at any point in time, on all days
  • Up to 20 pax at any point in time on all days

Spectator and participatory sports events
  • No spectators
  • Suspend all planned mass participation sports events
  • [No change] No spectators
  • Suspend all planned mass participation sports events

 

 

Targeted Support Measures for Affected Businesses

Given the cessation of dining-in at F&B establishments, the Government will increase the Jobs Support Scheme support rate to 50% of the first $4,600 of gross monthly wages paid to local employees during the period for which dining-in is prohibited.

Additionally, the Government will provide one month of rental waiver for hawker stall and coffeeshop tenants of Government agencies. Commercial landlords are urged to support their F&B tenants through this period.

Expansion of Testing Strategy for Quicker Response

For swifter detection of possible cases, the Antigen Rapid Testing (ART) will be administed to all who present themselves with Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) symptoms at the Swab and Send Home (SASH) Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPCs), Polyclinics, Emergency Departments and Regional Swab Centres (RSCs). This ART will be done together with the COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test that all such patients will already have been subjected to.

Both the ART and the PCR tests will be funded by the Government for all individuals with ARI symptoms.  While the ART is less accurate than the PCR test, it has a quicker turnaround time which will allow for the authorities to take swifter public health actions for those who test positive for the ART test.

Vaccination Remains Critical

Vaccination remains critical in the fight against COVID-19. As of 13 May, about 1.9 million individuals have received at least one dose of the vaccine, of whom about 1.3 million individuals have received their second dose and completed the full vaccination regimen. The recent cases illustrate that vaccination may not eliminate the risks of the infection completely, but it does provide significant protections against infections and helps to reduce the severity of the disease and onward transmission. It is therefore important to be vaccinated when offered.

For more information, click here for MOH’s press release.

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