S'pore to ease Covid-19 curbs in 2 phases from June 14: Everything you need to know

Singapore will gradually reopen and move to phase three (heightened alert) in two steps.
Singapore will gradually reopen and move to phase three (heightened alert) in two steps.PHOTOS: CHONG JUN LIANG, JASON QUAH, ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Tighter measures currently in place to reduce the spread of Covid-19 will be eased progressively from next Monday (June 14).

In a statement on Thursday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said Singapore will gradually reopen and move to phase three (heightened alert) in two steps.

Here are the key announcements.

1. Cap on social gatherings to be raised from two people to five from June 14


A further relaxation of the rules may take place a week later, on June 21, should the situation remain under control. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

The current two-person limit on group social gatherings will be raised to five from next Monday.

The same two-person cap on the number of unique daily visitors to a household will also be raised to five.

MOH said such gatherings should still be limited to small groups of regular contacts, to reduce the likelihood of transmission. Groups of up to five per room will be allowed for hotel stays, up from two currently.

It advised the public to limit the number of social gatherings to no more than two a day.

READ FULL STORY: S'pore to ease Covid-19 rules in 2 phases: Group sizes upped to 5 from June 14; dining in to resume from June 21


2. Event size and capacity limits to be raised from June 14


Attractions, cruises, museums and public libraries will be allowed to operate at 50 per cent of their normal capacity from June 14, up from the current 25 per cent. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Attractions, cruises, museums and public libraries will be allowed to operate at 50 per cent of their normal capacity from June 14, up from the current 25 per cent.

Event sizes will also be increased, and live performances and spectator sports events will be allowed to resume.

Events such as movie screenings at cinemas, events in the Mice (meetings, incentives, conferencing, exhibitions) industry, worship services and marriage solemnisation outside the home will be able to resume with up to 250 attendees, if pre-event testing (PET) is conducted.

For marriages, the cap includes the wedding couple but not solemnisers or vendors.

Solemnisations held at home will be allowed for groups of up to five visitors, excluding members of the hosting household, or up to 10 attendees in total, whichever is higher.

PET will not be required for events with 50 or fewer attendees.

From Monday, personal care services which require masks to be removed, such as facials, will be allowed to resume.

But unmasking and singing or playing wind instruments, as well as wedding receptions with dining in, can resume only from June 21.


3. Dining in only from June 21


Dining in at food and beverage outlets may be allowed from June 21, 2021. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

Dining in at food and beverage (F&B) outlets may be allowed from June 21, if the situation remains under control.

These are considered high-risk settings, MOH said.

It reminded F&B establishments to strictly observe 1m safe distancing between groups of diners.

Groups must also be limited to five people, and patrons must wear their masks at all times except while eating and drinking.

Wedding receptions will be allowed for up to 100 attendees - a number which includes the couple but not the solemnisers or vendors - with PET in place for all attendees.

PET will be required for only the wedding party of up to 20 attendees if the reception has 50 or fewer total attendees.

READ FULL STORY: F&B operators reorganise reservations, cancel supply orders, with dining in only set to resume on June 21


4. Gyms, sports and tuition classes to resume from June 21


Participants will be allowed to unmask if they are doing "strenuous activities", but are encouraged to remain masked where possible. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

From June 21, fitness studios and gyms may resume activities which involve removing one's mask, with safe distancing of at least 2m between individuals (even within a group) and 3m between groups of individuals.

Sports classes, both indoors and outdoors, will be limited to 30 people, including the instructor, and groups must consist of no more than five people.

In-person tuition and enrichment classes for those aged 18 and below may also be allowed to resume from June 21. These include classes involving singing or the playing of wind instruments.

READ FULL STORY: Indoor mask-off activities allowed in gyms, fitness studios from June 21 - if situation remains under control


5. Working from home remains the default; targeted support measures to continue


Employers must ensure that employees who can work from home continue to do so even as Singapore reopens gradually. PHOTO: ST FILE

Employers must ensure that employees who can work from home continue to do so even as Singapore reopens gradually, MOH said.

This is so overall footfall and interactions in public are kept low, thereby reducing the risk of infections.

For those who need to return to the workplace, their start times should be staggered and they should be allowed flexible working hours.

Employers will still not be allowed to cross-deploy workers to multiple work sites.

As some activities remain closed until June 20, the Government will extend the current enhancements to the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) for affected sectors.

From June 21 to 30, the affected sectors will receive 10 per cent JSS support.

The Covid-19 Driver Relief Fund for taxi and private-hire drivers will also be extended for three more months.

This will be set at $300 per vehicle each month for the first two months, and $150 per vehicle for the third month.

READ FULL STORY: Work from home to remain the default, employers urged to be more flexible


6. Regular testing for staff in higher-risk activities and sale of self-test kits



The test kits will be made available at more retail locations progressively. PHOTO: ST FILE

Regular testing will be implemented for staff working in F&B establishments with dining in, personal-care services requiring the removal of masks, and gyms or fitness studios where customers are unmasked.

The "fast and easy" testing regime will, for example, use antigen rapid tests (ART) for all staff regardless of vaccination status.

ART self-test kits will also be sold at retail pharmacies such as Guardian, Unity and Watsons from June 16.

More details on these kits will be available from June 16, the MOH said.

Sales will initially be limited to 10 kits per person.

READ FULL STORY: DIY Covid-19 test kits to be sold at some retail pharmacies from June 16


7. Vaccination bookings for those aged 12 to 39 to begin on June 11


Singapore citizens in the 12 to 39 age group will have a two week priority window to book their appointments. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Singaporeans aged 12 to 39 will be able to register online for vaccination and book an appointment from Friday.

MOH said the booking link may take up to two weeks to be sent to those who register, as more appointment slots for vaccination open up when more supplies arrive.

The rest of the resident population will be invited to register in the coming months.

Those who had earlier recovered from Covid-19 infection are recommended to receive just a single dose of the vaccine, MOH said.

This is because those who have recovered in the last six months are likely to still have strong immunity.

Children under the age of 18 will require parental consent to book an appointment.

READ FULL STORY: Singaporeans aged 12 to 39 can book vaccination appointments from Friday