New Covid-19 rules kick in: Timeline of S'pore's measures over the last 2 years

The social group size limit has changed 13 times in the past two years. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - Starting March 29, people will be allowed to gather in groups of up to 10 and outdoor mask-wearing will be optional. This comes nearly two years after such restrictions were first introduced here.

Here's a look at the long and winding road the nation has taken to get to this stage.

Jan 23, 2020

Singapore announces its first Covid-19 case.

March 27, 2020

Group sizes are capped at 10.

April 3, 2020

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says the Government will no longer discourage people who are well from wearing masks.

April 7, 2020


Circuit breaker measures kick in. Households are not allowed to receive visitors, and social groups are not allowed to gather.

April 14, 2020

It becomes mandatory for everyone to wear a mask when leaving home. 

June 2, 2020

Singapore enters phase one of reopening. People from the same household can visit their parents or grandparents in groups of two.

June 19, 2020

Phase two of reopening begins. The group size limit is expanded to five, and households can receive five visitors at any time.

Dec 28, 2020

Phase three of reopening begins. The group size limit is expanded to eight.

Jan 26, 2021

Due to a rise in cases, each household can host only eight unique visitors a day, rather than at any time.

May 8, 2021

Phase three (heightened alert). Group sizes are cut from eight to five.

May 16, 2021


Phase two (heightened alert). Group sizes are further cut to two.

June 14, 2021

Phase three (heightened alert), first stage. The group size limit is expanded to five again.

July 22, 2021

Return to phase two (heightened alert). Group sizes once again capped at two.

Aug 10, 2021

Preparatory stage of reopening. Group sizes increased to five again. 

Sept 27, 2021

Stabilisation phase. Group sizes reduced to two.

Nov 22, 2021

Transition phase. Group sizes expanded to five.

March 15, 2022

Households can receive five visitors at any time, up from five a day.

March 29, 2022

Group sizes expanded to 10. Outdoor mask-wearing is no longer mandatory.

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