After the circuit breaker closed on June 1, Singaporeans may visit their parents or grandparents who don't live with them, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong announced today (May 19).
However, each visiting family may only make one visit a day.
At any time, no more than two people from the same house call can visit their parents or grandparents, Gan added.
This is to prevent large gatherings in the retirement homes as this age group is more susceptible to the virus.
Permitting people to visit their older parents who live elsewhere is part of the first of three phases of measures that Singapore will implement when the circuit breaker is relieved.
He emphasized that while seniors are allowed to visit their children, seniors are still not allowed to visit their children.
Seniors who have no children could also be visited by their nieces and nephews on a "calling basis", he said.
Siblings are also not allowed to visit each other to reduce the spread of the virus.
However, it is permitted to hand over children to parents and grandparents for childcare reasons.
Activities for seniors such as group exercises or karaoke continue to be suspended.
With more activity and interaction, we will likely see an increase in new community cases. These restrictions help reduce the possibility of a large increase in cases and prevent the formation of large clusters.
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