Starting today (October 27), the collection of TraceTogether tokens in community centers (CCs) will only be restricted to residents of the constituency, the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO) said.
The TraceTogether token is a contact tracking device that can be used to quickly track people who have been exposed to COVID-19 cases.
The statement from SNDGO came after long queues were reported at collection points like the Rivervale Community Center and Sengkang Community Club.
This prompted GovTech to post a post on Facebook asking the Singaporeans not to rush to collect the tokens.
Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister in charge of the Smart Nation Initiative, also gave the public an assurance that there would be more than enough TraceTogether tokens for everyone.
He noted that there had been an "overwhelming demand" for the tokens and urged the public to collect the tokens near their homes.
As Singapore prepares for Phase 3 of the reopening, more public venues will need to check-in using the TraceTogether app or tokens instead of SafeEntry by the end of December.
Use of the TraceTogether token or the app is mandatory until the end of December
Education Secretary Lawrence Wong, co-chair of the state's task force against Covid-19, announced on October 20 that Singapore could enter the third phase of its reopening by the end of this year.
This will only happen if the community cases stay low. As new clusters emerge, the timeline may need to be pushed back, he said.
By the end of December, venues such as restaurants, workplaces, schools and shopping malls must use the TraceTogether app or token.
This means residents will not be able to access these locations by scanning SafeEntry QR codes or by scanning the SingPass app or barcodes on their NRIC.
Mandatory use of the TraceTogether app or token in cinemas began yesterday (October 26th).
Minister Vivian Balakrishnan assured the public that "several million" more tokens are in production. The current goal is to produce 2.7 million tokens.
These tokens can be collected from 38 CCs across Singapore and will be available from all 108 CCs across the island by the end of November.
To find out where to pick up your token, visit the Token Go Where website.
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