S’pore tightened the eating rules to 2 per group; Full Vaccine Exemptions


The authorities announced in a press conference on Friday, July 16, that dining in restaurants will be reduced to two per group for those who have not been vaccinated.

Those who have been fully vaccinated can continue to eat in groups of five at some F&B outlets, Gan Kim Young, co-chair of the multi-ministerial task force in Singapore, said.

The latest measures come amid a “big setback” due to the KTV Covid-19 group.

The proceedings will run from July 19 to August 8.

The health department said in a separate press release that a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty or Moderna vaccines.

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The ministry said that unvaccinated people with a valid negative pre-event COVID-19 test (PET) result or recovered individuals can also participate in such groups of five.

Monday, July 12, Eating in groups of five resumed Measures were relaxed due to a drop in Covid-19 cases in the previous week.

But the latest group linked to KTV lounges has prompted the government to reverse the decision. As of Friday, the cluster was linked to 120 cases, making it the largest active Covid-19 cluster in Singapore.

Since children under the age of 12 are not eligible for any Covid-19 vaccine under Singapore’s national vaccination programme, they are allowed to eat with members of the same household without PET.

The Health Ministry said group sizes will remain at two people for hawker centers, food courts and cafes.

Weddings can continue with groups of 5 people

Weddings can continue with groups of five per table, without the need to fully vaccinate everyone in the group.

The front desk can hold up to 250 people with a PET in place. For 50 people, the wedding only requires the use of PET material.

Weddings can go on with groups of five per table / Image Credit: Unsplash

“We acknowledge that couples have faced significant uncertainty over the past few months. Hence, we will allow this major life event to continue with current numbers and PET terms, so that couples do not need to review their wedding plans again,” the Department of Health said.

Indoor high intensity mask removal activities have been reduced تم

The sudden rise in Covid-19 cases locally has led authorities to reduce group sizes for high intensity indoor mask removal activities. These activities can only be performed in classes with multiple groups of two people, with a maximum of 30 people including the instructor, without the need for testing or vaccination.

The exception will be for groups of five only when everyone in the class has been fully vaccinated, or recovered from Covid-19, among other measures.

Outdoor activities can continue in groups of no more than five people, in classes of up to 50 people including the coach, subject to the space capacity limit, whichever is less.

Live shows, recorded music and videos will continue to be banned in food and beverage establishments.

Social gatherings in the workplace are not allowed, WFH is the default

The Ministry of Health said that working from home will remain the default arrangement to reduce public interaction within workplaces and on public transportation.

Working from home remains a default arrangement / Image Credit: Reuters

“Employers are reminded to adhere to this practice. Employees who need to come to the workplace should continue to arrange sequentially start work times and observe flexible working hours.”

Social and recreational gatherings are not permitted in the workplace, and work-related events such as product launches and urban centers should continue to not offer food and beverage options.

The government said the Covid-19 vaccination program is “ahead of schedule”, with 50 per cent of Singapore’s population to be fully vaccinated by July 25.

As of Thursday, July 15, about 2.5 million people, or 45 percent of the population, have been fully vaccinated.

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