The Big Story: S'pore to allow up to 5 to dine in from July 12

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In a virtual press conference on Wednesday (July 7), Singapore's multi-ministry task force on Covid-19 confirmed that group sizes for dine-in services and indoor mask-off activities in gyms will increase to five people. Wedding receptions can also resume with no more than 250 people allowed with pre-event testing.

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung also shared that 2.1 million or 39 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated as of Wednesday, while more than 3.7 million people or around 65 per cent have had their first dose or have booked an appointment.

Additionally, Finance Minister and task force co-chair Lawrence Wong said rules could be further eased around end-July, if 50 per cent of the population is fully vaccinated and if the Covid-19 situation remains stable. The next phase could see a further increase of group sizes to eight people.

He added that it will be timely for Singapore to have "a more definitive roadmap to transit towards living with endemic Covid-19". However, for indoor mask-off activities deemed higher-risk like dining in at F&B outlets, different guidelines will apply for vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

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Separately, there were 12 confirmed Covid-19 cases as at Wednesday noon, of which five are locally transmitted. Five of the seven imported cases were detected upon arrival while two developed Covid-19 during stay-home notice or isolation.

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