The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced last Thursday (June 10th) that Singapore was moving into Phase 3 (Elevated Alert).
While the government eased restrictions on group gatherings of two to five people, it said food in F&B outlets will resume later from June 21.
MOH said today (June 18) that the meal plans will continue as planned but will be limited to groups of up to two people instead of five. These adjustments are made in the light of recent virus outbreaks and a new cluster at Bukit Merah.
"We allow people from the same household to have multiple tables, but they have to make it very clear that they come from the same household, this is not new," said Lawrence Wong, co-chair of the Covid-19 multi-ministerial power.
“We have already allowed that and will continue to do so. But if you don't come from the same household, you can't make multiple bookings or have multiple tables. Therefore, the same rules that previously applied continue to apply. "
This means that, for example, a group of six family members cannot sit together at a table of six, he emphasized.
Can increase to groups of five in mid-July
Rapid COVID-19 tests for employees in these higher-risk environments will be stepped up to give Singapore "greater security" to open up further, "subject to unforeseen circumstances and developments in the pandemic," said Task Force Co-Chair Gan Kim Yong.
Group sizes for these higher-risk activities can also be up to five people from mid-July.
“This is a more cautious approach to minimize the risk of spikes in cases and the formation of large clusters. However, we are aware that the F&B sector will continue to need help and we will support them if we further roll back some of the safe distancing measures next Monday, ”he added.
According to MOH, no music may be played in F&B establishments in order to avoid the risk of transmission through loud customer conversations.
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In addition, there should be a safe distance of at least three feet between groups of guests, and customers should keep their masks on at all times except when eating or drinking.
Fitness studios and fitness studios can resume indoor sports or exercise activities in groups of up to two people and in classes of up to 30 people including the trainer.
There should be a safe distance of at least two meters between individuals and three meters between groups.
Compulsory masking activities and outdoor sports or exercise activities can be continued in groups of a maximum of five people and in classes of up to 30 people including the teacher.
In addition, wedding receptions are not allowed until mid-July.
“We assume that the number of COVID cases will increase … especially in the following weeks. We are prepared for this, but we must remain vigilant and adhere to safe management measures, ”said Gan.
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