As Singapore has made good progress to support a further resumption of activities, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) will start Phase 3 of re-opening from 28 Dec 2020.
Update on pre-conditions for moving into Phase 3
To move into Phase 3, we needed:
a) Adherence to safe management measures
b) Sufficient testing capabilities for early detection and public health action: Singapore ramped up Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test capacity significantly to be able to run over 50,000 tests a day. Antigen rapid tests were also introduced for larger and higher-risk events.
c) High adoption of TraceTogether (TT) for quick and effective contact tracing: As at 13 Dec 2020, around 65% of Singapore residents are on the TT Programme, and Singapore is on track to reaching the target of around 70% by the end-2020.
Further re-opening in the community
Having assessed that these pre-conditions are in place, here is the list of activities that will be further re-opened in the community from 28 Dec 2020:
|Group size for gatherings will be increased from 5 to 8 persons|
|Capacity limits of premises will be increased|
|Capacity for congregational and other worship services will be increased up to 250 persons|
|Total of 10 persons for marriage soleminsations + up to 8 visitors allowed|
|Live instrumental music (except for wind instruments) will be allowed for some activities|
|Changes in regulations for indoor live performances|
The MTF will continue to conduct pilots in some higher-risk activities and settings such as busking and live performances in outdoor venues, karaoke, nightlife to assess how these activities can take place and scale up safely.
Mandatory TraceTogether for SafeEntry check-ins will only be rolled-out in early 2021
TraceTogether-only SafeEntry, where the TraceTogether App or Token is required for SafeEntry check-ins, will only be implemented early next year, after everyone who wants a Token has had a chance to collect one at a Community Club or Centre in their constituency.
Until we implement TraceTogether-only SafeEntry, visitors can still perform SafeEntry check-in via the TraceTogether App, SingPass Mobile, or QR reader apps, or use their identity cards with barcodes such as NRIC, Pioneer or Merdeka Generation cards.
Keeping Singapore’s migrant workers safe
With the stabilized situation at the migrant workers dormitories and Singapore’s transition into Phase 3, Singapore will gradually relax the restrictions on migrant workers to keep them both physically and mentally safe amidst the pandemic.
|Gradual relaxation of restrictions on migrant workers|
|Pilot scheme will be started in the 1st quarter of 2021 to allow migrant workers to access the community once a month|
|Strengthen safe management measures for migrant workers|
Looking ahead to further re-opening
Even with the comprehensive plans for Phase 3, Singapore should continue to stay vigilant particularly with the upcoming festive period.
Safe management measures, COVID-19 testing and contact tracing will continue to be necessary and effective in helping Singapore mitigate the virus spread and to keep the community transmission low. Strict checks and enforcement actions will continue to be carried out to ensure that Singapore is safe from the virus.
Let’s all stay united and disciplined in our fight towards COVID-19 – for a safer and healthier 2021.