Education Secretary Lawrence Wong, co-chair of the state task force against Covid-19, announced yesterday (Sept. 23) that the government may release plans to lead Singapore through phase 3 of reopening the economy in the next few weeks.
We are currently in phase 2 of a gradual reopening and some social and business activities have resumed. The number of joint cases has remained low.
The task force had previously announced that it would take months before phase 3, the final phase of the reopening of the economy, could occur.
Here's what awaits you as Singapore moves into the next phase:
A new business passport
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The government is testing a new business passport for senior executives in Singapore with regional or international responsibilities who are required to travel overseas regularly for official and business reasons.
Travelers holding this pass must adhere to a strictly controlled itinerary when traveling overseas for work.
Upon return, the traveler has the option of performing a Covid-19 test instead of the Stay-Home Notice (SHN) and isolating himself until the test results are available.
The number of passes will be strictly limited in the initial phase. If the pilot is successful, the government will consider expanding the program in a safe and calibrated manner.
Other employees can return to work
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Starting September 28, more employees will be able to return to work while working from home will remain the standard way of working.
However, employers must ensure that they continue to work from home for at least half of their working hours and that at no point are more than half of these workers at work.
Employers should introduce flexible working hours and more staggered reporting times.
In addition, split-team or shift regulations must still be implemented, with each team being restricted to one construction site if possible.
Work-related events can continue
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Business-oriented events such as conferences, seminars, corporate retreats, annual general meetings and extraordinary general meetings can be resumed for up to 50 people depending on the capacity of the venue.
The organizers must continue to strictly adhere to safe management measures, e.g. B. a safe distance of 1 meter between the individual employees.
The government will consider resuming work-related events in remote locations at a later date and more details on the updated workplace safety measures will be released.
Increasing the capacity of worship services
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The government will regulate an increase in the limit for church and other church services from 50 to 100 people (divided into two zones of 50 people for church services).
Starting October 3, all religious organizations are allowed to hold church and other church services for up to 100 people, provided safe measures are taken.
The government is also considering a pilot to increase the worship limits to 250 people.
Increasing the capacity of wedding receptions
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Starting October 3, the government will increase the number of participants for wedding receptions up to 100 individual participants.
This also applies to the wedding couple, with the exception of providers and service providers as a whole, subject to the capacity of the premises.
Participants in a wedding can be divided into several zones with up to 50 people each or by staggered times with up to 50 people in each slot.
There should be at least 30 minutes between the slots in order to clean and disinfect the event space.
The limit for the marriage is also increased to 100 people, divided into several zones with up to 50 people each.
From November they will also start a pilot project with which wedding receptions organized by a registered wedding organizer can take place in public areas of the HDB, e.g. B. in empty decks and multi-purpose halls managed by city councils.
Cinemas to increase their capacity
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From October 1st, up to three zones with up to 50 visitors each can be set up in large cinema halls with more than 300 seats.
Other cinema halls could also increase their capacity to 50 percent of their original operating capacity or maintain the current limit of up to 50 guests per hall.
The use of SafeEntry and Social Distancing should still be considered
With Phase 3 ahead of us, we still need to adhere to Safe Distancing and Management Measures (SMMs).
Use of SafeEntry to check in in public places and social distancing of at least 1 meter is still required.
Failure to comply with SMMs can result in penalties such as cessation of operations on site, fines, and withholding payouts for government support programs and grants.
This month, three F&B stores were closed by the government, while another 15 were fined for violating safe management practices.
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