Given the current stable COVID-19 situation, Singapore will continue as planned with the second step in the easing of community measures starting from 19 August 2021. The involves mainly increasing the size of masked-on events and religious services, and will not have significant risk impact.

Please refer to Table 1 below for full details.

Piloting Home Isolation as a Care Model for Fully Vaccinated COVID-19 Patients without Severe Symptoms

Singapore’s high vaccination rates also enable us to review our treatment and care model for COVID-19 patients. From 30 August 2021, the Ministry of Health (MOH) will be piloting the Home Isolation model for medically stable COVID-19 patients that require minimal supportive care.

  • Patients and their household members must both be fully vaccinated and must not belong to any vulnerable groups, such as the elderly or immunocompromised.
  • These patients will spend the first few days in a medical facility, before moving to home isolation. By then, the viral loads of vaccinated patients would have dropped.

During Home Isolation, the patients and their household members are required to remain in their place of residence, and this will be tracked through electronic monitoring and surveillance checks through phone calls.

  • Patients will be closely monitored for their health and safety during this time and will be provided with access to 24/7 telemedicine services.
  • They will be subjected to a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) swab on the ninth day of illness to determine if they could be discharged from isolation, provided if their swab result is negative or have very low viral load.

All household members will need to be fully-vaccinated, come under home quarantine, and also be placed on a daily Antigen Rapid Test (ART) testing regimen for early detection of potential infection.

MOH will closely monitor the pilot’s outcomes, and study if more patients may benefit from this mode of recovery in a safe manner.

Table 1: 

 

Current measures for transition from 10 August to 18 August

Measures for transition from 19 August onwards

Social gatherings and interactions

  • Group sizes of up to 5 persons
  • Unvaccinated individuals should remain in groups of up to 2 persons
  • 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]

Workplace

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

 

  • Up to 50% of employees who can work from home can return to the workplace
  • Social gatherings allowed

 

Event Parameters

Funerals

Up to 30 attendees at any point in time on all days

 

[No change]

Live performances

  • Up to 500 attendees if all vaccinated*; up to 50 attendees if unvaccinated; provision for children 12 years and below applies^
  • Unmasking and singing/ playing of instruments that require expulsion of air for live performances may resume, subject to updated safe management measures
  • Up to 1,000 attendees if all vaccinated*; up to 50 attendees if unvaccinated; provision for children 12 years and below applies^
  • Unmasking and singing/ playing of instruments that require expulsion of air for live performances may resume, subject to updated safe management measures

 

MICE events

  • Up to 500 attendees if all vaccinated*; up to 50 persons if unvaccinated; provision for children 12 years and below applies^
  • Unmasking for speakers may resume, subject to updated safe management measures

 

  • Up to 1,000 attendees if all vaccinated*; up to 50 attendees if unvaccinated; provision for children 12 years and below applies^
  • Unmasking for speakers may resume, subject to updated safe management measures

 

Spectator and participatory sports events

  • Up to 500 attendees if all vaccinated*; up to 50 attendees if unvaccinated; provision for children 12 years and below applies^

Up to 1,000 attendees if all vaccinated*; up to 50 attendees if unvaccinated; provision for children 12 years and below applies^

 

Solemnizations and wedding receptions

Marriage solemnizations

  • Up to 500 attendees if all vaccinated*; up to 50 attendees if unvaccinated; provision for children 12 years and below applies^
  • Group size of up to 5 attendees

     

    Wedding receptions

  • Up to 250 attendees if all vaccinated*
  • Only one reception allowed
  • Group size of up to 5 attendees

 

 

Marriage solemnizations

  • Up to 1,000 attendees if all vaccinated*; up to 50 attendees if unvaccinated; provision for children 12 years and below applies^
  • Group size of up to 5 attendees

 

 

Wedding receptions

[No change]

Attractions, cruises

Operating capacity of 25%

Operating capacity of 50%

 

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

Closed

[No change]

Cinemas

  • Up to 500 persons if all vaccinated*; up to 50 persons if unvaccinated.
  • F&B may be served in groups of up to 5 persons if all customers are vaccinated*; provision for children 12 years and below applies^

 

 

  • Up to 1,000 persons if all vaccinated*; up to 50 persons if unvaccinated; provision for children 12 years and below applies^
  • F&B may be served in groups of up to 5 persons if all customers are vaccinated*; provision for children 12 years and below applies^

 

Congregational and worship services

  • Up to 500 worshippers if all vaccinated*; up to 50 worshippers if unvaccinated; provision for children 12 years and below applies^
  • Unmasking and singing/ playing of instruments that require expulsion of air for live performances may resume, subject to updated safe management measures

 

  • Up to 1,000 worshippers if all vaccinated*; up to 50 worshippers if unvaccinated; provision for children 12 years and below applies^
  • Unmasking and singing/ playing of instruments that require expulsion of air for live performances may resume, subject to updated safe management measures

 

Food & Beverage establishments, excluding hawker centres and coffee shops

  • Dine-in allowed with group sizes of up to 5 persons if all vaccinated*; provision for children 12 years and below applies^
  • Dine-in not allowed otherwise
  • Prohibition of recorded music and sounds in F&B establishments

 

[No change]

Hawker centres and coffee shops

Dine-in allowed with group sizes of up to 2 persons regardless of vaccination status

 

[No change]

Home Based Businesses (HBBs)

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

 

[No change]

 

Hotels

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

 

[No change]

 

In-person tuition and enrichment classes

Up to 50 persons per class in groups of up to 5 persons, strongly encouraged to go online. Refer to MOE’s advisory for further details (separate safe management measures for higher-risk arts and sports classes apply)

 

[No change]

 

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

Services which require masks to be removed (e.g. facials, saunas make-up services) allowed to resume if customer is vaccinated*

 

[No change]

 

Museums and public libraries

Operating capacity of 25%

Operating capacity of 50%

 

Shopping malls and showrooms

Occupancy limit of one person per 16 sqm of Gross Floor Area (GFA)

 

Occupancy limit of one person per 10 sqm of GFA

 

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

  • Indoor mask-off high-intensity activities and classes capped at 30 persons
    • Indoor mask-off activities at gyms/fitness studios to resume in groups of up to 5 persons if all individuals are vaccinated* (SportSG will provide more details on the provision for children 12 years and below)
  • Indoor mask-on and all outdoor (mask-on and mask-off) activities and classes capped at 50 persons
    • In groups of up to 5 persons for mask-on indoor activities and all outdoor activities only, irrespective of vaccination or test status

 

[No change]

Tour groups

  • Up to 20 persons per tour for all tours
  • Remain at 20 persons for non-conveyance tours
  • Up to 50 persons for conveyance tours (Duck Tours etc.)

 

*An individual is considered vaccinated if he/ she has been:

a) fully vaccinated, i.e. received full regimen of Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnatry, Moderna or WHO EUL vaccines, with an additional two weeks for the vaccine regimen to be fully effective,

b) recovered from COVID-19, or

c) has obtained a negative result on a pre-event test taken in the past 24 hours before the expected end of the event.

^The provision for children 12 years and below (i.e. born in and after 2009) will only be applicable to higher-risk mask off activities and large-scale events, e.g. F&B dine-in, gyms.

  • If there is more than one child in the group, all children must be from the same household. Other vaccinated individuals* can be from different households as the child(ren).
  • For large-scale events, the number of children is capped at 20% of the actual event size.

For more information, please refer to MOH’s press release.

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