The Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) has announced that Singapore will return to Phase 3 (Heightened Alert) from 14 June 2021, in two steps.

From 14 June 2021:

• Social gathering group sizes will increase from 2 to 5 persons

• Event size limits and capacity limits of certain sectors will also increase, with pre-event testing (PET)

• Resumption of personal services without masks, e.g. facials and saunas

From 21 June 2021 (updated 18 June 2021):

Due to the persistence of undetected community transmission cases, higher-risk activities – such as dining-in at F&B establishments and indoor mask-off sports activities – will be allowed in group sizes of up to 2 persons, instead of 5 persons.

Group sizes of up to 5 persons will be allowed from mid-July 2021, should there be no further supers-spreader event or big clusters.

Please refer to this table for full details:


 

Current Measures for

Phase 3 (Heightened Alert)

Phase 3 (Heightened Alert)

(21 June onwards, or as indicated)

[Updated] refers to measures that were updated since the 10 June announcement

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
  • The cap on visitors does not apply for grandchildren being cared for by grandparents.

 

[No change]

  • 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
  • The cap on visitors does not apply for grandchildren being cared for by grandparents.

 

Workplace

  • Work-from-home as the default
  • No cross-deployment
  • Social gatherings not allowed

 

[No change]

  • Work-from-home as the default
  • No cross-deployment
  • Social gatherings not allowed

 

Event Parameters

Funerals

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

[No change]

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

 

Live performances

  • Up to 250 pax with pre-event testing (PET), up to 50 pax without PET
  • No unmasking
  • No singing/playing of instruments that require expulsion of air (e.g. wind, brass instruments)
  • [No change] Up to 250 pax with PET, up to 50 pax without PET
  • May resume unmasking and singing/ playing of instruments that require expulsion of air, subject to updated safe management measures

MICE events

  • Up to 250 pax with PET, up to 50 pax without PET
  • No unmasking
  • [No change] Up to 250 pax with PET, up to 50 pax without PET
  • May resume unmasking for speakers, subject to updated safe management measures

 

Spectator and participatory sports events

  • Spectator sports allowed with up to 250 pax with PET, up to 50 pax without PET
  • [No change] Spectator sports allowed up to 250 pax with PET, up to 50 pax without PET
  • Resume mass participatory sports events with up to 250 pax with PET, up to 50 pax without PET

 

Weddings

  • Marriage solemnisations:
    • Up to 250 pax with PET for all attendees, up to 50 pax without PET
  • Couple allowed to unmask for key moments; and attendees allowed to unmask momentarily for photo-taking

     

     

  • No wedding receptions
  • [No change] Marriage solemnisations:
    • Up to 250 pax with PET for all attendees, up to 50 pax without PET
  • Couple allowed to unmask for key moments; and attendees allowed to unmask momentarily for photo-taking

     

    [Updated] From mid-July:

  • Wedding receptions will be allowed with up to 100 pax with PET for all attendees, up to 50 pax with PET for wedding party of up to 20 pax

Sector Measures

Barbeque pits and campsites (in parks, HDB estates, condominiums, and country clubs)

  • Closed

 

[No change]

  • Closed

Cinemas

  • Up to 250 pax with PET, up to 50 pax without PET
  • No food or beverage
  • [No change] Up to 250 pax with PET, up to 50 pax without PET
  • [Updated] F&B service may resume if all customers are in groups of no more than 2 persons; if F&B service is not allowed, customers may be in groups of up to 5 persons

 

Congregational and worship services

  • Up to 250 pax with PET; up to 50 pax without PET
  • No unmasking/ singing / wind and brass instruments
  • [No change] Up to 250 pax with PET; up to 50 pax without PET
  • May resume unmasking/ singing/ wind and brass instruments for live performances subject to relevant safe management measures

 

Food & Beverage including hawker centres, food courts

  • Dining-in ceased

Only takeaway and delivery allowed

  • [Updated] Dine-in allowed to resume with group sizes of up to 2 pax
  • [Updated] Prohibition of recorded music and sounds in F&B establishments

     

    [Updated] From mid-July:

  • Dining-in allowed to resume with group sizes of up to 5 pax
  • Playing of recorded music and sounds in F&B establishments not allowed

 

Sports/ exercise activities and classes provided by gyms/ fitness studios

For individuals aged above 18:

  • Indoor mask-off activities suspended
  • Mask-off activities only allowed outdoors, up to 5 pax
  • Indoor/outdoor mask-on classes up to 30 persons in groups of up to 5 pax

 

For individuals aged 18 and below:

  • Mask-off activities only allowed outdoors, up to 5 pax

 

  • [Updated] Indoor mask-off activities at gyms/fitness studios may resume in groups of up to 2 pax
  • [Updated] Indoor and outdoor classes capped at 30 pax (in groups of up to 5 pax for mask-on activities and outdoor mask-off activities; in groups of no more than 2 pax for indoor mask-off activities)
  • Safe distancing of at least 2m between individuals and 3m between groups must be maintained

     

    [Updated] From mid-July:

  • Indoor mask-off activities at gyms/fitness studios may resume in groups of up to 5 pax
  • Indoor and outdoor classes capped at 30 pax (in groups of up to 5 pax)
  • Safe distancing of at least 2m between individuals and 3m between groups must be maintained

Home Based Businesses (HBBs)

  • HBBs can operate subject to prevailing safe management measures, e.g. up to 5 unique visitors a day

[No change]

  • HBBs can operate subject to prevailing safe management measures, e.g. up to 5 unique visitors a day

 

Hotels

  • Group of up to 5 pax per room for staycations (except where individuals are all from the same household, subject to the room’s maximum capacity)

[No change]

  • Group of up to 5 pax per room for staycations (except where individuals are all from the same household, subject to the room’s maximum capacity)

 

In-person tuition and enrichment classes

  • All in-person classes suspended for those aged 18 and below

 

  • Resume with up to 50 pax per class in groups of up to 5 pax, with further details to be released by MOE. (Separate safe management measures for higher-risk arts and sports classes apply.)

 

Massage establishments (e.g. spas, saunas) & Hairdressers’ salons

  • Services which require masks to be removed (e.g. facials, saunas) allowed to resume
  • Prevailing safe management measures should still be observed

[No change]

  • Services which require masks to be removed (e.g. facials, saunas) allowed to resume
  • Prevailing safe management measures should still be observed

 

Museums and Public libraries

  • Operating capacity of 50%

 

[No change]

  • Operating capacity of 50%

 

Shopping malls and showrooms

  • Occupancy limit of one person per 10 sqm of Gross Floor Area (GFA)

 

[No change]

  • Occupancy limit of one person per 10 sqm of Gross Floor Area (GFA)

 

Tour groups

  • Up to 50 pax for conveyance tours (Duck Tours etc.)
  • Up to 20 pax for non-conveyance tours

[No change]

  • Up to 50 pax for conveyance tours (Duck Tours etc.)
  • Up to 20 pax for non-conveyance tours

 



Work-from-home remains the default

Work-from-home will continue to remain the default arrangement as we transition out of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert). This is to ensure that we keep the risk of COVID-19 transmission low.

Employers must continue to:

  • Ensure that employees who are able to work-from-home do so
  • Stagger start times of those who need to return to the workplace
  • Implement flexible working hours
  • Not cross-deploy workers across multiple worksites

Regular Fast and Easy Testing (FET) regime for staff involved in higher-risk mask-off activities [Updated 18 Jun 2021]

All staff working at settings with unmasked clients/patrons will be placed on a mandatory 14-day FET regime from around mid-July 2021. These include:

• Dine-in F&B establishments (starting progressively from 21 June 2021)

• Personal care and appearance services that require removal of masks (e.g. facial services, saunas, make-up services)

• Gyms and fitness studios where clients are unmasked

Most FET will be done through a system of self-swabs supervised by the employer. Training programmes have been set up to support supervisors in supervising ART self-swabs, at no cost for the next 3 months. ART kits will also be made available.

Quick Test Centres (QTCs) will be set up to support small businesses who are unable to organise the supervised self-swabs. QTCs at Tekka and Yishun which will be operational from 21 June 2021, with more progressively set up. The Government will also facilitate earlier vaccination of individuals who work in these settings. 

Visits to residential care homes [Updated 18 Jun 2021]

Physical visits to residential care homes serving elderly (“Homes”) will resume from 21 June 2021. Visitors will need to take a FET – via ARTs – at the Home and test negative prior to entry.

Some Homes may require more time to put in place the necessary procedures for ART, and will only be able to resume visits at a later date, while others may start with a smaller number of visitors. Visitors should continue to schedule visits ahead of time, and take into consideration the added time required to complete the ART.

 

Targeted support measures [Updated 18 Jun 2021]

In view of the continued tightened safe management measures until mid-July 2021, the Government will extend the current enhancements to the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) for affected sectors by 3 weeks, before tapering it down to 10% for another 2 weeks.

Please refer to this table for details:

Sectors with JSS enhancement

JSS Support for Stage 1 of Phase 3 (Heightened Alert)

14 June – 20 June

Proposed new JSS Support

Next 3 weeks

(starting

21 June)

 

2 weeks after

(starting

12 July)

 

Closed sectors or sectors with enhanced safe management measures

  • Food and Beverage (F&B)
  • Gyms and fitness studios
  • Performing Arts & Arts Education

50%

50%

10%

Significantly affected sectors

  • Retail
  • Cinemas
  • Museums, art galleries, historical sites
  • Family entertainment

30%

30%

*As announced earlier, affected personal care services will receive 30% enhanced JSS until 20 Jun and 10% from 21 Jun to 30 Jun

For hawkers who are self-employed, the Government will extend subsidies for fees for table-cleaning and centralised dishwashing services, and provide rental waivers, till mid-July 2021, for stallholders in centres managed by NEA or NEA-appointed operators.

The Government will also extend the COVID-19 Recovery Grant (Temporary) [CRG-T] until 31 July 2021. Existing CRG-T recipients who continue to require assistance can also apply for a second tranche of CRG-T support in July.

For taxi and private hire car drivers, the Government will extend the COVID-19 Driver Relief Fund for 3 more months at $300 per month per vehicle for two months, and $150 per month per vehicle for the next one month.

Deployment of SafeEntry Gateway Check-Out Boxes [Updated 18 Jun 2021]

To facilitate SafeEntry (SE) check-outs, SafeEntry Gateway (SEGW) Check-Out Boxes will be rolled out progressively at venues with high footfall (e.g. malls, hospitals and polyclinics), and places where individuals are likely to be in close proximity for prolonged periods with masks off (e.g. dine-in F&B outlets and gyms).

Members of the public are encouraged to perform SE check-outs when leaving the premises as far as possible. This will help to facilitate more precise contact tracing efforts.

Sale of Antigen Rapid Test (ART) self-test kit at retail pharmacies

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has granted interim authorisation for 4 ART self-test kits for sale to the general public at pharmacists from 16 June 2021:

• Abbott PanBioTM COVID-19 Antigen Self-test

• QuickVue At-Home OTC COVID-19 Test

• SD Biosensor SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Self-Test Nasal

• SD Biosensor Standard Q COVID-19 Ag Home Test

Individuals who have a positive result for their ART self-test should immediately approach a Swab and Send Home Public Health Preparedness Clinic (SASH PHPC) for a confirmatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.

They are then required to self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test result. Those who test negative on their self-test ART should continue to stay vigilant, and adhere to prevailing safe management measures.

Individuals who have acute respiratory infection (ARI) symptoms should continue to visit a doctor for a full diagnosis and PCR test, instead of relying on an ART self-test kit.

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

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