Here’s what you need to know about the latest Covid updates in Singapore.
Anyone else experiencing deja vu? It’s been over a year since the circuit breaker completely changed our lives. Just when we thought we were working towards some semblance of ‘normal’, the KTV clusters happened. And with that comes the return of restrictions. 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 everything that’s happening from 22 July to 18 August as we re-enter Phase 2 (Heightened Alert).
All the latest Covid updates in Singapore
1. No more dining in eateries
2. Goodbye, gyms
As these are seen as ‘higher-risk settings’, indoor gyms and fitness studios will be closed. Only low-intensity masked activities are allowed in groups of two. Indoor and outdoor mask-on organised programmes can carry on, depending on the venue size and safe distancing requirement – as long as classes are limited to 30 in groups of up to two. Otherwise, outdoor mask-off activities are allowed with a class size limit of two.
3. It’s all about WFH
Yep, we’re all still clinging to our laptops at home so we don’t crowd public transport and areas in or near workplaces. Plus, social gatherings at the workplace will be not be allowed. Psst: suffering from work from home fatigue? Perhaps you need some home essentials to WFH like a pro.
4. Social gatherings only for 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.
5. Wedding receptions to reduce in size
That’s right. Couples can still hold a wedding reception for up to 100 guests with pre-event testing, but with group sizes of up to five persons per table. This is reduced from the previous 250 guests rule. For wedding receptions with 50 guests or less, pre-event testing is not required.
6. Large events and crowds to scale 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 is 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 to 25%. Funeral attendees will be limited to 20 people. Stricter crowd controls will be enforced at malls and showrooms, with occupancy limits at 16 sqm per person of gross floor area.
7. Spa services to cease
Any spa services that require masks to be taken off will be ceased to prevent the further spread of the virus. This includes saunas, facials and other services.
8. Get vaccinated!
We’re making progress, peeps! As of writing, the government has administered over 6 million Covid-19 vaccines. Not vaccinated yet? 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. Permanent residents, long-term visitor pass, employment pass, S pass, work permit, and dependant pass holders may also book a vaccine 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. 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 SafeEntry 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.