The Department of Health (MOH) announced Thursday, June 10, that the group size limit for social gatherings would drop from two to five people as of June 14.
The number of separate visitors to households per day will also increase to five from the current two.
The move comes as Singapore begins to ease restrictions after a drop in the number of community cases of Covid-19. This is the first step in Singapore’s plan to return to phase 3 (heightened alert), the health ministry said.
No more restrictions relaxed after June 21
From June 21, more restrictions will be relaxed and meals on site can resume if the Covid-19 situation remains under control in the coming weeks.
Wedding receptions, which are currently banned, will be able to resume from June 21. Wedding receptions may resume with a maximum of 100 participants, including bride and groom but excluding suppliers, with pre-event testing required for all participants.
Gyms and fitness studios can also resume indoor sports activities without a mask from June 21. A safety distance of at least 2 m between individuals and at least 3 m between groups of a maximum of 5 people must be observed.
Sports lessons, both indoors and outdoors, will be limited to 30 people, instructor included, in groups of no more than five people.
COVID-19 multi-ministerial task force co-chair Gan Kim Yong said the government wants to make sure the situation is “stable” before allowing meals to resume.
“Eating is considered a high risk activity because the masks are off,” he told a press conference.
The Health Ministry also said that as Singapore emerges from this phase in the coming weeks, working from home will remain the default requirement.
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