[Updated 24 August 2022]

 

As Singapore becomes more COVID-resilient, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce has announced further easing of community Safe Management Measures (SMMs) under the SMM 1-5 Framework:

 

1. [Updated on 24 Aug] Mask-Wearing

From 29 August 2022, mask-wearing is no longer required in indoor settings except for settings where essential services are carried out in enclosed and crowded areas, and which are frequently used by vulnerable persons. Mask-wearing remains optional in outdoor settings.

 

Some examples of indoor places where mask-wearing is required:

  • All indoor premises of hospitals and polyclinics (inclusive of retail, F&B, common areas and other facilities within), private primary care and dental facilities, specialist facilities, TCM clinics, renal dialysis centres, clinical and radiological laboratories, day hospices, residential care homes1, COVID-19 care facilities, testing centres and vaccination centres, as well as on emergency ambulances and medical transport vehicles.

     

  • MRT/LRT and public buses, and indoor public transport facilities (e.g. boarding areas within bus interchanges and MRT platforms)

[1] Inclusive of welfare and sheltered homes for the aged, and adult disability homes

Some examples of indoor places where mask-wearing is optional:

  • Physiotherapy or other allied health clinic located outside hospitals, non-residential community services (centre-based services, home care services and community mental health services), retail pharmacies in shopping malls, retail establishments and areas in other buildings

     

  • Boarding areas of naturally ventilated bus interchanges, bus stops, and retail areas in MRT or LRT stations

More examples of premises that do/do not require mask-wearing can be found here.

Mask-wearing is still strongly encouraged when visiting crowded places or interacting with vulnerable persons. Elderly and immune-compromised persons should continue to wear masks in crowded indoor settings to reduce their risk of catching respiratory infections.

2. Group Sizes

  • There is no group size limit currently. Individuals are not required to keep to a group of 10 persons for mask-off activities.
  • There is no cap on the number of unique visitors per household.

3. Workplace Requirements

  • All employees may now return to the workplace.
  • Mask-wearing is not required, except on public transport and in select healthcare and residential care settings.
  • *Mask-wearing as part of sectoral regulations will continue to apply, e.g. Singapore Food Agency’s requirement for food handlers to maintain good hygiene standards.

4. Safe Distancing

 

  • Safe distancing will no longer be required between individuals or between groups. 

5. Capacity Limits

  • Capacity limit is lifted for all settings/events. 
  • A summary of these SMMs is listed below.
 Parameter         Current Posture 
(1) Group sizes
  • No limit
(2) Mask-wearing
  • Optional for indoor and outdoor settings
  • Required on public transport and selected healthcare and residential settings
(3) Workplace requirements
  •  All can return to office
(4) Safe distancing
  • Not required
(5) Capacity Limits
  • No limit

Other Adjustments to Community Measures

Stepping down on the use of TraceTogether (TT) and SafeEntry (SE)

  • COVID-19 cases no longer need to upload their TT data or submit their TT token. 
  • SafeEntry check-ins will be removed from malls, supermarkets, hawker centres, coffee shops, etc. Random spot-checks will continue to be conducted to ensure that only fully vaccinated persons are dining in at F&B establishments.
  • Check-in will only be required at events with more than 500 participants at any one time, and certain nightlife establishments, for verification of vaccination status. 

 

No more free community ART tests

  • With the declining case numbers and easing of load at the Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPCs), these free community ART testing and weekend testing at Combined Test Centres and Quick Test Centres will cease from 26 April 2022 onwards. 
  • Paid ART testing will still be available for members of the public at the CTCs/QTCs, GP clinics or via tele-ART providers.

 

New Popular Places Visit Pass for Migrant Workers Residing in Dormitories

From 24 June 2022, migrant workers residing in dormitories will no longer need an exit pass to visit community areas.

If they wish to visit Chinatown, Geylang Serai, Jurong East and Little India on Sundays and public holidays, migrant workers will have to apply for a visit pass. This new measure aims to manage the crowds at these four high footfall locations. Up to 80,000 such passes will be available per Sunday or public holiday.

SMMs for nightlife establishments

With effective on 14 June 2022, the following SMMs have been applied to nightlife establishments with dancing among patrons:

  • No capacity limits
  • Patrons need not obtain a negative Antigen Rapid Test (ART) result to enter the venue
  • Vaccinated-Differentiated SMMs (VDS) will continue to apply, and operators will still be required to conduct VDS checks to ensure that only fully vaccinated persons enter these settings
  • Random checks may be conducted by enforcement officers to ensure that operators comply with the requirement for VDS checks.
 
For more information, refer to MOH's latest press release.
 

[1] The attendee limits for home solemnisations and home funerals will also be lifted.  

[2] The list of MOH-approved COVID-19 test providers is available at: go.gov.sg/swabproviders.

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