SINGAPORE - Unvaccinated individuals will no longer be able to dine in, go to shopping malls, hawker centres and coffee shops, or visit attractions from next Wednesday (Oct 13).
However, unvaccinated children who are 12 years old or below can still do so.
The Ministry of Health said on Saturday (Oct 9) that this is a move to protect unvaccinated individuals in the community and to reduce the strain on the healthcare system.
Those who have recovered from Covid-19, or have a valid negative pre-event test result, are also considered fully vaccinated.
Speaking at a press conference by the multi-ministry task force tackling Covid-19 on Saturday (Oct 9), Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong said: “There have been a few settings frequently visited by a significant proportion of infected individuals, including those who are unvaccinated, who later on fell very ill.”
He added that such settings include food and beverage (F&B) outlets, retail establishments and shopping centres.
Currently, those who are unvaccinated can dine in at hawker centres and coffee shops. They will no longer be allowed to do so under the new rules kicking in on Wednesday.
Instead, groups of up to only two fully vaccinated people will be allowed to dine in at hawker centres or coffee shops, as well as F&B establishments, MOH said.
“Individuals who do not meet the above criteria can still buy takeaway food,” it added.
Unvaccinated people will also not be allowed to enter shopping malls or large standalone stores from Wednesday. Large standalone supermarkets are exempted.
MOH said businesses that are able to implement the new rules earlier than Wednesday are strongly encouraged to do so.