General travel to Brunei and New Zealand, reduced stay-home notices, resumption of outdoor exercise classes, and other things you can do.
Finally, some good news! After living in limbo during Phase 1, followed by two months of Phase 2, Singapore is moving towards a new normal, step by step. Besides restaurant dine-ins and social gatherings (of up to five people), we’ve been out and about to nature parks, attractions and malls. Now that the government has lifted more restrictions, we’re here to tell you about all the things you can and cannot do in September. Let’s hope we progress to Phase 3 really soon!
[As of 25 August: We’ve updated the story with new announcements from the government.]
Phase 2: Post-circuit breaker Singapore
Going a little stir-crazy from staying in our little red dot? We’ve got news for you! From 1 September, Singapore will allow general travel to Brunei and New Zealand, and for students studying aboard. However, do take note of entry requirements imposed by these countries. New Zealand and Brunei’s borders remain closed as of now.
General travellers from the above countries will not have to serve a stay-home notice (SHN) at their residence upon their arrival to Singapore. Instead, they will be tested for Covid-19 and can continue their activities once they’re received a negative result.
SHN will be reduced from 14 days to 7 days for travels from low-risk countries and regions such as Australia (excluding Victoria State), Macao, Mainland China, Taiwan, Vietnam and Malaysia.
All incoming travellers from other countries and regions will continue to serve a 14-day SHN at SHN facilities. Essential travel is still permitted under Green/Fast Lane arrangements.
In the community
From 1 September, all outdoor exercise classes in public spaces at SportSG sports centres, parks and HDB common areas will resume. Classes must be organised by a registered instructor and all safety measures should be imposed. Other general group exercises will continue to be capped at five people.
The one-metre safe distancing requirement in lifts will be exempted to reduce overcrowding. Instead, wear a mask, refrain from talking and use hand sanitisers provided in the lifts.
From 29 August, Lucky Plaza and Peninsula Plaza will implement odd and even date entry restrictions on weekends, based on the last digit of your NRIC or FIN. This is to avoid large crowds and long queues at these areas.
Small-scale live performances may soon resume too, so stay tuned for updates!
F&B outlets will only be allowed to play recorded melodies as soft background music. This is to discourage patrons from speaking loudly and decrease the risk of droplet spread.
Please refrain from booking multiple tables for large gatherings, though! Those who have more than five people in the same household may book more than one table. However, maintain limited interactions between the tables. Restaurants are counting on us to adhere to the rules so they can continue to operate.
Your social life is finally back on track
We’re all about mini catch-ups with the mates in small group social gatherings of up to five people. Oh, and hands up if your household has been hosting up to five visitors on weekends!
Shop, eat and repeat
Hurrah for shopaholics! You can finally go beyond online shopping as retail businesses have reopened their brick-and-mortar outlets. But malls in Singapore may be subjected to capacity limits, so it’s best to avoid long queues for now.
Cafes, restaurants, and food courts are open for dine-in. However, there shouldn’t be more than five diners per table. Liquor sales and consumption must end at 10.30pm. Also, live music and television or video screenings at F&B outlets are not allowed at the moment. Some bars will remain closed, so it’s still takeaway cocktails for now. Refer to this list of permitted services for more info.
Up your fitness game
Gym rats and the outdoorsy bunch, we hear you. Sports, parks and other public facilities including playgrounds, beaches, swimming pools, bowling alleys, stadiums, gym and fitness studios, along with function rooms and facilities in private condos and clubs, have reopened.
Explore the best of Singapore
Museums have reopened with safety measures such as SafeEntry check-in and check-out, plus temperature taking and mandatory masks for visitors. Tours are allowed, but in groups of five or less.
Heritage centres including The Indian Heritage Centre, Malay Heritage Centre and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall are also open for visitors.
Not sure what to do on the weekend? Check out our wildlife parks, libraries or indoor and outdoor attractions. These include the Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park, River Safari, Madame Tussauds at Sentosa, Gardens by the Bay, Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A Aquarium, ArtScience Museum, Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, Science Centre Singapore and Snow City Singapore.
Most attractions will be limited in capacity to ensure safe distancing, so make sure you book your tickets in advance.
More entertainment coming your way
Cinephiles, you no longer have to Netflix and chill at home as cinemas have resumed movie screenings with a maximum of 50 patrons in each cinema hall and a one-metre distancing requirement. Family and friends of up to five people may sit together without the one-metre rule. A mask must be worn at all times, including inside the cinema hall.
We’re particularly thrilled about this one: All personal wellness and home-based services are back on track. Go ahead and book your massages, spas, facials, mani-pedis at nail salons, hair removal and other aesthetic services. Of course, don’t forget to adhere to safe distancing and other precautionary measures.
Healthcare and more
All other healthcare services such as individual healthcare screenings, face-to-face visits at residential facilities for the elderly and eldercare services will continue too.
Solemnisations (at home or at ROM or ROMM) will be able to take place with up to 10 people in the room. Having it elsewhere? You may invite up to 50 people, excluding the solemniser. As for wakes and funerals, 30 people may be present at any one time.
Places of worship have also resumed congregational and other worship services, but with a maximum number of 50 people at a time. However, some selected places are allowed to have up to 100 people.
These places and activities remain a no-no
There are still some activities – basically indoor spaces where large groups of people may come in close contact for prolonged periods – that remain unavailable. This includes cultural and entertainment venues like selected bars, nightclubs and karaoke studios.
Telecommuting should be the first choice for businesses, where possible.
“You can fool the rules but you cannot fool the virus”
Exciting times lie ahead, but it’s our duty to maintain appropriate safe distancing, adhere to the precautionary measures and use the SafeEntry check-in system when required.
As Health Minister Gan Kim Yong so nicely put it, you can get away with flouting the rules but you cannot fool the virus. It’s crucial that we wear a mask at all times, maintain good hygiene and keep hand sanitisers handy. If we all play our part, Singapore will be out of Phase 2 before you know it (fingers crossed)!