Here’s what you need to know about the latest Covid updates in Singapore.
Repeat after us: we’re all in this together. On this rollercoaster ride of restrictions going up and down, that is. This time ’round, Covid updates see Singapore widening the gap for its measures for the vaccinated and unvaccinated. So listen up, ’cause we’ve listed down what you can and can’t do.
Take note: 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. Yes to dining in, but only for 2
From Oct 13, only those fully vaccinated can dine in at restaurants, hawker centres and coffee shops. If you haven’t gotten your jabs, it’s food delivery, alcohol delivery and virtual restaurants to the rescue.
2. Unvaccinated? Take note
Those unvaccinated will not be able to dine in (even at hawker centres or coffee shops) and visit shopping malls or attractions from Oct 13. But this excludes unvaccinated children aged 12 and below, those who have recovered from Covid-19 and unvaccinated people with a pre-event Covid-19 test result. You can still buy takeaway food and enter large standalone supermarkets. There’ll be a one-week grace period from Oct 13 to 19 for these measures.
3. Quarantine-free travel, here we come!
The Vaccinated Travel Lane has been extended to 11 countries for Singaporean citizens and PRs. This list includes the original two, Germany and Brunei, as well as the US, UK, France, Canada, the Netherlands, Italy, Denmark and Spain from Oct 19 and South Korea from Nov 15. Travel will also be made easier – those entering Singapore will only need a pre-departure and on-arrival PCR test.
4. Social gatherings for 2
Just like the eating out situation, we can only gather in groups of two for now. This goes for outdoor meet-ups and the number of unique visitors to each household per day (excluding grandchildren who are taken care of by grandparents).
5. The WFH situation
Make sure you’re well-stocked with WFH essentials ‘cos we’re still working from home (did we ever really stop?). Those unable to do so should have staggered start times and flexible working hours in the office, as well as self-test weekly using the antigen rapid test (ART) kit. Testing also applies to anyone who needs to pop by their workplace on occasion. And social gatherings at work are a no-go.
6. Get your vaccine boosters!
From Oct 9, booster shots are available for more groups of people. That includes those aged 30 and above, as well as healthcare and frontline workers who completed their vaccination about six months ago.
7. Stay home for recovery
From Oct 10, home recovery will be extended to unvaccinated people aged 12 to 49, as well as children aged five to 11. Children under five can also do so after they’re assessed in the hospital. For the vaccinated and children aged 12 and below, the home recovery period will last for 10 days; for the unvaccinated aged above 12, it’ll last for 14 days.
8. What to do if you have Covid-19 symptoms
First, see a doctor to get tested. If you’re positive, self-isolate at home and wait for instructions from MOH. For those vaccinated, you can return to your regular routine after 10 days; those unvaccinated can do so after 14 days.
9. What to do if you’re Covid positive but have no symptoms
Self-isolate for at least 72 hours, then test yourself. If you’re negative, you can return to ‘normal’ life. If you’re still positive, do daily tests until you get a negative result. If you develop any symptoms, check in with a doctor.
These are the latest Covid updates in Singapore for now – check back for more information as and when announcements are made.