Up to 5 in a group authorized from June 14; meals may resume on June 21 as part of a gradual easing of COVID-19 borders

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SINGAPORE: The group size limit for social gatherings will drop from two to five from June 14, as Singapore begins to ease restrictions after a drop in the number of community COVID-19 cases.

Likewise, five separate visitors per household per day will be authorized. Social gatherings should be limited to no more than two a day, the Department of Health (MOH) said on Thursday (June 10).

This is the first step in Singapore’s plan to return to phase 3 (enhanced alert) from June 14, the ministry said.

Other restrictions will be relaxed in the second stage from June 21, when on-site meals can resume if the COVID-19 situation remains under control in the coming weeks.

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On why on-site meals will not be allowed until later, COVID-19 multi-ministerial task force co-chair Gan Kim Yong said the government wanted to make sure the situation was “stable” before it moved forward. authorize the resumption of meals on site.

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“Eating is considered a high risk activity because the masks are off,” he told a press conference.

F&B outlets must strictly adhere to a safety distance of at least 1m between groups of diners not exceeding five people, the health ministry said in a press release.

“We will significantly strengthen law enforcement and take stronger enforcement action for any violation,” he added. “Customers are reminded to wear their mask at all times, except when eating or drinking.”

WEDDING RECEPTIONS, FITNESS AND TUITION COURSES

Wedding receptions, which are currently not permitted, will be able to resume from June 21. For receptions of up to 100 participants – including bride and groom but excluding suppliers – pre-event testing is required.

For wedding celebrations, capacity limits will be increased from June 14. A maximum of 250 participants will be allowed with pre-event testing, compared to 100 currently.

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Gyms and fitness studios can also resume indoor sports activities without a mask from June 21, with a safety distance of at least 2 m between individuals and at least 3 m between groups of five people. maximum.

Sports lessons – indoors and outdoors – will be limited to 30 people, instructor included, per group of up to five people.

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“Course participants may unmask themselves if they engage in strenuous activities, although they are strongly encouraged to remain masked whenever possible to reduce the risk of transmission,” the health ministry said.

In-person and enrichment classes for those aged 18 and under will be allowed to resume from June 21 with enhanced secure management measures, which will be announced by the Education Ministry.

LARGE EVENT SIZES, CAPACITY LIMITS

The operating capacity of attractions, including the two cruises, which have received prior approval from authorities will be increased from the current limit of 25 percent to 50 percent from June 14. Museums and public libraries will also be allowed to operate at a 50 percent increased capacity.

For live shows and MICE events, a maximum of 250 participants will be allowed starting June 14 with pre-event testing, compared to 100 currently. From June 21, singing and playing instruments at these events will be permitted.

Likewise, spectator sports can resume from June 14, with up to 250 participants if pre-event testing is carried out.

For mass participatory sporting events, they can resume from June 21.

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The increased limit of 250 people with pre-event testing also applies to congregational and other worship services from June 14. And from June 21, vocals, as well as wind instruments and brass for live performances will be allowed.

To minimize the likelihood of large clusters of infection, pre-event testing remains an “essential” measure to ensure events can proceed safely, the health ministry said.

Pre-event testing is not required for events of less than 50 people.

The relaxation of the rules comes as the number of COVID-19 cases, both linked and unrelated, has declined “gradually” in recent weeks, Gan said.

“Fewer clusters emerge, and generally smaller clusters,” he said. “Our aggressive monitoring and testing regimes have also enabled us to detect and contain potential cases much earlier by slowing and limiting transmission in the community.”

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