Here’s what you need to know about the latest Covid updates in Singapore.
The Covid situation is ever-evolving. It’s been over a year since the circuit breaker completely changed our lives, and we’re gradually working our way towards some semblance of ‘normal’. But if you can’t keep up with the endless Covid updates in Singapore due to the rising community cases, fret not. We’ve listed them down for you – here’s what’s happening from 16 May to 13 June, along with other announcements.
Covid updates in Singapore
1. Social gatherings will be cut down to 2
The maximum size for group gatherings will further decrease from five to two. This goes for social gatherings outside and in homes. Individuals are to limit social gatherings to two a day. The only exception will be childcare arrangements in households where grandparents are caring for their grandchildren on a daily basis – this will not count towards the cap of two household visitors a day.
2. Dining-in is not allowed
All “mask-off” activities will be disallowed to reduce the risk of community transmission. This includes dining in at outdoor and indoor F&B establishments, including hawker centres and food courts.
3. Work from home to be the default
Under the new restrictions, employers are to ensure that all staff who can work from home do so. Reverting back to work from home as the default, this is a drop from the previous 50% office capacity that was allowed.
4. Large events and crowds will be scaled back
To protect Singapore from a further surge in cases and clusters, the maximum number of people allowed at live performances, worship services, attractions and cinemas are reduced to 100 people with pre-event testing, and up to 50 without. Museums and public libraries will allow for smaller crowds, with capacity limits dropping from 50% to 25%. Funeral attendees will be limited to up to 20 people. Wedding banquets are prohibited, with solemnisations capped at 100 people with pre-event testing, and up to 50 without. Stricter crowd controls will be enforced at malls and showrooms, with occupancy limits at 16 sqm per person of gross floor area.
5. Spa services to cease
Any spa services that require masks to be taken off will be ceased to prevent further spread of the virus. This includes saunas, facials and other services.
6. Increased testing with antigen rapid test
In addition to the polymerase chain reaction test in place, anyone who goes to the doctor with an acute respiratory infection will need to take an antigen rapid test, for quicker detection. This process will progressively roll out, starting with around 200 Swab and Send Home (SASH) public health preparedness clinics (PHPCs) from 15 May.
7. Gyms and fitness studios closed
As these are seen as “higher-risk settings”, indoor gyms and fitness studios have been closed from 8 May. Strenuous indoor exercise classes (aka “mask-off” activities) are not allowed. Exercise buffs can still get their workouts in with outdoor organised programmes, as long as classes are limited to 30 with safe distancing measures in place.
8. Get your TraceTogether app ready
From 17 May (instead of 1 June), we’ll all be required to use the TraceTogether app or token to check in at venues including malls, schools, eateries, places of worship and offices. However, you can still scan your IC for check ins until 31 May.
9. You can select the vaccine of your choice
If you’ve been wondering which vaccine you’ll be taking, the choice is now up to you. Just head over to the Ministry of Health’s website for the list of 38 vaccination centres and their corresponding vaccines. Next, find the centre or polyclinic you want. The Moderna jab is available at 11 locations, while the rest are administering the Pfizer-BioNTech one. Each centre will only have one type of vaccine, so you’ll have to choose the same place for both your appointments. Just take note that supplies may be limited at certain locations.
10. Vaccine program will soon be open to residents aged below 45
Any Singapore resident aged 45 to 59 can now register online to get vaccinated. As soon as slots open up, each individual will receive a text with a personalised URL for you to book your appointment online. If all goes according to plan, those aged below 45 can book their slots for the vaccination from June onwards.
These are the latest Covid updates in Singapore for now – check back for more information as and when announcements are made.