Meal and assembly group size increased to 5: What you need to know about Covid-19 rules from November 22, Singapore News & Top Stories
SINGAPORE – Vaccinated groups of up to five people can dine in restaurants starting Monday, November 22, without needing to be from the same household.
From Tuesday, this will also apply to hawking centers and cafes that are able to put in place the necessary controls.
These and other measures end the stabilization phase, which was extended until Sunday, and Singapore is returning to the transition phase, Trade and Industry Minister Gan Kim Yong said during a virtual press conference held by the multi-ministerial mission. force to fight the Covid-19 pandemic on Saturday.
With the current situation stable and the decrease in infections, some measures will be relaxed from Monday.
But working from home continues to remain the default as Singapore needs to gradually open up and exercise caution, the task force said.
Here are the key announcements for Saturday:
1. Group size for dinner has been increased to five
Groups of up to five people, even if they are not part of the same household, will be allowed to dine in catering establishments if all are vaccinated.
Unvaccinated children aged 12 and under – born in 2009 or later – may be included in the group of five, provided all these children are from the same household.
As previously announced, people medically ineligible for vaccination can also be included in these groups of five from December 1.
These groups of five people will be allowed to dine only in hawking centers and cafes that can check the vaccination status of the guests.
The first batch of ready hawking centers and cafes will begin these checks from Tuesday and others will do so when they are ready with access control and systems to carry out vaccination checks at points of entry.
Otherwise, meals in hawking centers and cafes without these checks will remain in groups of no more than two fully vaccinated people.
READ THE FULL STORY: Up to 5 vaccinated people from different households can dine out from November 22; gathering size increased to 5 for all
2. The size of the social gathering group and the daily household visitors increased to five.
The allowed size of social gathering groups will increase from two to five people starting Monday.
The cap of two separate visitors per household per day will also increase to five.
Authorities said unvaccinated people should continue to be careful and protect themselves by reducing their travel and staying at home as much as possible.
Visitors to households that have an unvaccinated person or a vulnerable elderly person are strongly encouraged to test themselves before the visit to ensure that they are not unintentionally transmitting Covid-19 to those who are vulnerable.
3. Resumption of visits to hospitals and retirement homes
In-person visits to hospitals and nursing homes will resume from Monday, with the implementation of strict safety management measures differentiated by vaccination.
This is to minimize the risk of epidemics that can endanger the lives of patients and vulnerable residents and affect the functioning capacity of hospitals and homes.
Visits will only be permitted when the hospital patient or home resident and their visitors are fully immunized.
Visits will also be permitted for patients, residents and visitors who are not medically eligible for vaccination.
If the patient, resident or visitor is not fully immunized, in-person visits will only be permitted in exceptional, case-by-case circumstances as advised by hospitals and homes.
READ FULL STORY: Vaccinated people allowed to visit hospitals and nursing homes from Monday
4. Married couples can be unmasked throughout the reception
Safe management measures for wedding celebrations and wedding receptions will be adjusted from Monday so that couples can safely include more activities in their wedding celebrations.
This includes unmasking by the bride and groom throughout the reception or celebratory event, dancing by the couple and singing by up to 10 wedding party members at the reception, while ensuring a safe distance of 2m with the other participants.
To include such activities in their event, the bride and groom and members of their wedding party will need to undergo a supervised rapid antigen test (ART) or have a valid pre-event test obtained within 24 hours of the event.
5. Vaccination compulsory to enter public libraries
The authorities are extending the secure management measures differentiated by vaccination to more parameters from December 1.
These include all libraries under the National Library Board and selected activities in clubs or community centers under the People’s Association.
This is to reduce the risk of transmission in such contexts.
READ THE FULL STORY: Entrance to libraries, participation in certain community center activities reserved for fully vaccinated people from December 1
6. Activities more focused on seniors
The authorities are working to resume more senior-focused activities in a safe manner, learning from the recovery pilots launched so far by the People’s Association and SportSG.
Over the next few weeks, seniors can look forward to more active aging programs such as the exercise programs offered by the Health Promotion Board and participate in other forms of learning as part of the National Silver. Academy.
7. Support measures to be reduced
As Singapore emerges from the stabilization phase, the government will gradually reduce support measures.
The employment support program for the period from Monday to December 19 will be reduced to 10% against 25% previously, for the following sectors: food and drink, retail, cinemas, museums, art galleries, historic sites , family entertainment, tourism, gyms and fitness studios, performing arts and arts education.
Rental exemptions for ready meals and market stalls in centers managed by the National Environment Agency or its designated operators will be reduced to half a month from a month previously.
The Covid-19 Driver Relief Fund payout for taxi and private rental car drivers will be $ 10 per vehicle per day for next month and $ 5 for January 2022.
READ FULL STORY: Support measures will gradually be reduced as S’pore eases restrictions on Covid-19, a $ 90 million package for businesses and individuals
8. Booster doses can be taken after five months
Eligible people of all age groups will be able to receive their booster doses from five months after the end of their first round of doses starting Wednesday. SMS invitations will be sent to them before that.
The authorities have encouraged all those eligible for the booster vaccine to receive it when offered, in order to achieve high levels of protection.
The change comes as data shows antibodies may disappear around six months after the second dose and earlier for older people, the health ministry said.
READ THE FULL STORY: People can get Covid-19 booster shots 5 months after their second dose starting Wednesday