Here’s what you need to know about the latest Covid updates in Singapore.
We’re in August and the Covid restrictions are finally easing up! Thank the heavens, ‘cos eateries and gyms are reopening. But if you can’t keep up with the endless Covid updates in Singapore, fret not. We’ve listed them down for you – here’s everything that’s happening from August 10 onwards.
Take note of the change in measures for the vaccinated and unvaccinated. According to the Ministry of Health, you’re considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after you’ve received both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnatry or Moderna vaccines, or any others under the World Health Organisation’s Emergency Use Listing. These include Astrazeneca, Sinopharm and Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccines. If you’ve recovered from Covid-19 or gotten a negative test result in the past 24 hours, the “vaccinated” measures can apply to you.
All the latest Covid updates in Singapore
1. Restaurants are back in business
As soon as the clock strikes midnight on Aug 10, eateries are open for dining in. Groups of up to five people can share a table if they’re all fully vaccinated, with exceptions made for unvaccinated children under 12 years old who are from the same household. If you haven’t gotten your jabs, it’s food delivery, alcohol delivery and virtual restaurants to the rescue. But, hawker centres and coffee shops are open for two people to dine in, regardless of whether you’re been vaccinated or not.
2. Hello, gyms
Indoor mask-off workouts and classes are given the green light for a maximum of 30 participants. Gyms and fitness studios can have groups of up to five, as long as everyone is fully vaccinated. Plus, indoor mask-on and all types of outdoor sports activities are now capped at 50 people. You can gather in groups of up to five for such classes regardless of your vaccination status.
3. The WFH situation
From Aug 19, up to 50% of employees can head back to offices. You can also start hosting social gatherings in the workplace. But if your company is still doing the WFH thing, make sure you stock up on home essentials.
4. Social gatherings for 5
Hooray for social gatherings of 5! (We’ll take what we can get.) Households can welcome five visitors daily (up from two), but the limit doesn’t apply to grandparents caring for their grandchildren. Those unvaccinated are “strongly encouraged” to stick to the two pax rule.
5. Wedding solemnisations for up to 500
That’s right. Couples can host solemnisations for a party of 500 if everyone is vaccinated. Otherwise, the limit is at 50. Wedding receptions are open for up to 250 people if the attendees are all vaccinated as well. Each table will have a maximum of five guests.
6. Staycations for five friends (or family)
Planning a staycay soon? You can have five people in a room (subject to the hotel’s room capacity) – unless you’re all from the same household.
7. Spa services to continue
Any spa services that require masks to be taken off, such as facials, saunas and makeup services, are allowed to receive vaccinated customers.
8. Get vaccinated!
We’re making progress, peeps! Not vaccinated yet? Just register online and book your slot via SMS with a personalised link sent to your mobile number. Or simply walk in for your first jab at any of the 37 vaccinations centres from Aug 10 without an appointment.
9. You can get self-test kits off the shelves
Want to make sure you’re Covid-free and get your result in less than 20 minutes? Now, you can pop by Guardian, Unity and Watsons or supermarkets and convenience stores to get Covid-19 ART self-test kits. These self-administered kits are said to be easy to use, so the next time you happen to be in a place visited by a Covid-positive person, you can get the test to have peace of mind.
10. From Aug 19 onwards…
If everything goes well, we’ll no longer have to do temperature screenings in public places, thanks to our high vaccination rates and increased surveillance measures. Up to 1,000 fully vaccinated people can attend events like worship services, wedding solemnisations, cinema screenings and live performances as well. Museums, public libraries, attractions and cruises will be able to operate at 50% capacity.
These are the latest Covid updates in Singapore for now – check back for more information as and when announcements are made.