Phase 3 Heightened Alert: Cap of 5 People in Groups From June 14, Dining-in May Resume From June 21
The news we have been waiting for is finally here. Singapore will be lifting some of the stringent restrictions it imposed on the country during Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) by allowing people to gather in groups of up to five from June 14 and allowing dining in from June 21 provided that the situation remains under control.
In moving into what will be known as Phase 3 (Heightened Alert), Singapore is adopting a cautious and slow approach. Unfortunately, this means that dining-in will not be allowed in time for Father's Day which falls on June 20.
Despite the easing of rules, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has said that working from home will continue to be the default. This is so that overall traffic and public interactions can be reduced at workplaces and in public transport.
"Even as we progressively resume more activities, I urge everyone to remain vigilant," said Trade and Industry Minister Gan Kim Yong, who co-chairs the Covid-19 task force. "We may continue to see a few cases every day, but that's the nature of the virus. What we hope and aim to do is to keep the number low overall and avoid large clusters."
Aside from increasing the size of social gatherings, Singapore will also be increasing the operating capacity limits for attractions, cruises, museums and public libraries. The capacity will increase from 25 per cent to 50 per cent.
The capacity for events such as movie screenings, live performances, worship services and marriage solemnisations will also be increased though pre-event testing will be required for any event that exceeds 50 attendees.
The second stage of our reopening, which should begin from June 21, will see the resumption of dining in services. Customers can dine out in groups of no more than five and the authorities will be "significantly stepping up enforcement and will take firmer enforcement action for any breaches", said MOH.
Wedding receptions and the playing of wind instruments at live performances will also be allowed to resume at this point as well as higher risk arts and culture classes such as singing and the playing of wind instruments.
If you are missing the gyms, don't worry because MOH has said that gyms and fitness studios will be able to resume indoor mask-off sports activities. They will however have to observe safe distancing of at least two meters between people and at least three meters between groups of up to five people.
Indoor and outdoor sports classes will also see a cap of 30 people including the instructor. Participants will have to remain in groups of five.
Finally, students below the ages of 18 will be allowed to attend in-person tuition and enrichment classes once again. They will however need to observe enhanced safe management measures.