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 21 June onwards for Phase 3 (Heightened Alert), along with other announcements.
Covid updates in Singapore
1. Hello, groups of 5
Good news! We already got the green light to gather in groups of five. You can also have five people visiting your home each day, although we’re all encouraged to limit our daily social gatherings to a maximum of two.
2. Dining in returns for groups of 2
If you’re sick of staying home, thank your lucky stars ‘cos the government is bringing back dining in at eateries on 21 June for groups of 2. This limit will increase to five from mid-July if things go our way. FYI: you’ll still have to keep your masks on except when you’re eating or drinking. Prefer to eat at home? It’s food delivery and virtual restaurants to the rescue!
3. Work from home remains the default
Yep, we’re all still clinging on to our laptops at home so we don’t crowd public transport and areas in or near workplaces. But hey, if you’ve got work from home fatigue, perhaps you need some home essentials to WFH like a pro.
5. More people can visit attractions
The capacity limits for attractions, cruises, museums and public libraries are now at 50%. Bigger crowds are also allowed at movie screenings, live performances, worship services and marriage solemnisations. But events with more than 50 people will require pre-testing. Wedding receptions will not be allowed until mid-July.
6. Gym buffs can sigh in relief
Heads up: gyms and fitness studios can restart indoor mask-off sports and exercise activities in group sizes of up to 2, and classes of up to 30 including the instructor. But there’ll be a requirement of 2m safe distancing between people and at least 3m between groups. Indoor mask-on and outdoor mask-off activities can continue to host people up to 30 in groups of 5, including the instructor.
7. Spa services are back
Any personal care services that need masks to be removed are back in business. Get excited, beauty junkies, ‘cos that includes facials.
8. Singaporeans aged 12 to 39 can start booking vaccination appointments
We’re making progress, peeps. Singaporeans who fall in the 12 to 39 age range can start making vaccine appointments. Just register online and you’ll be able to book your slot via SMS with a personalised link sent to your mobile number. Children or those under the age of 18 will need consent from their parent or guardian to book. You get a two-week priority window from 11 June to do so – after that, the national vaccination programme will open up to the rest of the eligible population in the country.
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 to get Covid-19 self-test kits from pharmacies. 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. Anyone who visits Covid-19 hotspots must be tested
If you happen to visit a place on the same day as an infected person, you’ll be required to undergo swab testing and keep yourself isolated until you receive your results. You’ll also get DIY test kits to test yourself at home subsequently and confirm you’re not infected. So watch out for any health alert text you may get from the Ministry of Health. And don’t forget to do your Safe Entry check-outs to help with contract tracing efforts!
These are the latest Covid updates in Singapore for now – check back for more information as and when announcements are made.