The Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) has been closely monitoring the local and global COVID-19 situation. In view of the emergence of new virus variants as well as the increase in the number of locally transmitted COVID-19 cases and unlinked community cases, safe management measures will be tightened to reduce the risk of community spread in this period of heightened alert.

Additional COVID-19 community measures

On 4 May 2021, the MTF announced additional community measures to keep the community safe and break the chains of transmission. Social interactions will be reduced and activities that involve large gatherings will also be calibrated to ensure that risk of transmission at these settings are mitigated. These are additional measures to what was announced on 30 April 2021.

A summary of all measures applicable from 1 – 30 May 2021 is provided below.

 

Current measures as at 4 May 2021

(Phase 3)

Measures from 8-30 May 2021

(Phase 3 – Heightened Alert)

Community measures

 

Social gatherings and interactions

  • Group sizes up to 8 pax
  • Up to 8 unique household visitors a day
  • Recommended to keep to 2 social gatherings per day, whether to another household or in a public place
  • Group sizes up to 5 pax
  • Up to 5 unique household visitors a day
  • Recommended to keep to 2 social gatherings per day, whether to another household or in a public place

Workplace

  • No more than 75% of the workforce who are able to work-from-home (WFH) can be at the workplace at any time
  • Split-team arrangement not required
  • Heightened vigilance at the 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

 

Activities and public spaces

 

Congregational and worship services

 

  • Suspension of masked congregational singing
  • Up to 250 pax with PET, up to 100 pax without PET

Shopping malls and showrooms

  • Occupancy limit of one person per 10 sqm of Gross Floor Area (GFA) since 1 May 2021
  • Odd and even date entry restrictions on Sundays reinstated for popular malls (Lucky Plaza, Peninsula Plaza) since 1 May 2021

 

  • Occupancy limit will continue to be one person per 10 sqm of GFA
  • Odd and even date entry restrictions on Sundays will continue for popular malls (Lucky Plaza, Peninsula Plaza)

 

Outdoor barbeque pits and campsites

  • in parks, HDB estates, condominiums and country clubs

 

  • Closed since 1 May 2021
  • Continue to be closed to the public

Attractions

  • Operating capacity of 65%
  • Operating capacity of 50%
  • Shows (indoor/outdoor) to be capped at 100 pax, without PET

 

Museums and public libraries

  • Operating capacity of 65%
  • Operating capacity of 50%

 

Cinemas

  • Up to 250 pax with 1m safe distancing between groups of up to 8 pax

 

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

 

Tour groups

  • Up to 50 pax
  • Up to 20 pax

Outdoor exercise facilities and classes

  • Facility – Occupancy limit of one person per 8 sqm of GFA or 50 persons, whichever is lower
  • Class – Up to 50 pax per class subject to venue capacity limits
  • 3m between groups
  • 2m between individuals
  • Group sizes up to 8 pax
  • Facility – Occupancy limit of one person per 10 sqm of GFA or 50 persons, whichever is lower
  • Class – Up to 30 pax per class subject to venue capacity limits 3m between groups
  • 2m between individuals
  • Group sizes up to 5 pax

 

Higher risk activities

 

Indoor exercise facilities and classes

  • Facility – Occupancy limit of one person per 8 sqm of GFA or 50 persons, whichever is lower
  • Class – Instructors may coach multiple groups of up to 8 pax
  • The following will be closed to the public: indoor gymnasiums and fitness studios

 

Events

 

MICE events and live performances

  • Up to 750 pax with PET, up to 250 pax without PET

 

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

 

Spectator and participatory sports events

  • Up to 750 pax with PET, up to 250 pax without PET

 

  • No spectators
  • Suspend all planned mass participation sports events

 

Weddings

  • Marriage solemnisations: Up to 250 pax with PET for bride and groom, up to 100 pax without PET
  • Wedding receptions: Up to 250 pax with PET for all attendees, up to 100 pax without PET

 

  • Marriage solemnisations: Up to 250 pax with PET for bridge 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

Funerals

  • Up to 30 pax at any point in time, up to 50 pax on day of burial/cremation

 

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

 

TraceTogether-only Safe Entry (TT-only SE) brought forward to 17 May 2021

It was previously announced that TT-only SE was slated to be implemented from 1 June 2021 across all venues that experience a higher throughput of visitors and/or where persons are likely to be in close proximity for prolonged periods.

The implementation of TT-only SE will now be brought forward to 17 May 2021. From 17 May 2021, scanning of SE-QR codes with the phone camera and Singpass App will be discontinued. To ease the transition, ID check-ins will be retained until 31 May 2021. The full list of TT-only SE venues can be found on SafeEntry website.

TT-only SE can be performed by:

  • Using TT app to scan venue’s QR code
  • Displaying TT token so staff can scan token’s QR code
  • Tapping TT App or Token at SE Gateway device 

SafeEntry Gateway required to be deployed at more venues from 15 June 2021

It was also announced that SafeEntry Gateway devices would be required to be deployed at selected venues with high visitorship, such as malls, large standalone retail stores, cinemas etc beginning from 19 April 2021. The requirement to deploy SafeEntry Gateway devices will be extended to more public-facing venues where people are likely to be in contact for prolonged periods, such as hotels, dine-in F&B outlets, sports and fitness centres.

This will facilitate a more seamless check-in experience and ensure that TT tokens are functioning. These venues will be required to deploy the SafeEntry Gateway by 15 June 2021. The full list of venues required to deploy the SafeEntry Gateway can be found on the SafeEntry website.

These measures will strengthen the TT and SE Programmes, which are critical digital tools to facilitate contact tracing and bring down community spread. By maximising TT coverage and active TT usage, this can facilitate quick detection and ringfencing of local cases and their close contacts, and minimise further spread to the community.

Working together and keeping safe

The recent cases show that all of us must continue to be vigilant and observe all safe management measures. Vaccination sites will continue to remain open during this period subject to safe management measures and all are encouraged to continue to be vaccinated when it is offered to you.

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

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