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Last updated 6 May 2021

After a period of very few COVID community cases, the city-state of Singapore is witnessing an increase in COVID transmissions over the past week. 

What started out as Singapore’s first-ever hospital cluster at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) has led to the emergence of several other coronavirus cases in the community linked to the initial cluster.  

As a result, heightened measures have been taken in an attempt to ringfence the community cluster at TTSH. 

What are the current implemented measures?

Following the detection of a more contagious strain of the coronavirus first discovered in India, the authorities have announced tighter curbs on social gatherings and stricter border measures. As per the Singapore government’s website, the following measures currently apply with heightened and stricter measures set to be introduced on 8 May and will remain until 30 May.

Social gatherings and interactions

All social gatherings are now limited to groups of 8 and households may receive up to 8 unique visitors per day. Citizens are recommended to limit their social gatherings to twice per day. Those who are able to work from home are encouraged to do so with the authorities capping attendance to 75 percent.

Activities and public spaces 

Shopping malls and showrooms are now implementing an occupancy limit of one person per 10 sqm of Gross Floor Area (GFA). For malls deemed popular, odd and even date entry restrictions on Sundays have been reinstated.

Attractions, museums and public libraries are capped at 65 percent capacity. Cinemas are allowed to operate with up to 250 people in attendance with a 1-meter safe distancing between groups of up to 8 people.

Events

Wedding receptions and funerals are still given the go-ahead but with a limit of 250 guests with PET and up to 100 without PET. Funeral services may cater to 30 attendees at any point in time and up to 50 on the day of burial/cremation.

 

What are the measures set to be implemented on 8 May?

Social gatherings and interactions

All social gatherings are now limited to groups of 5 and households may receive up to 5 unique visitors per day. Citizens are recommended to limit their social gatherings to twice per day. Those who are able to work from home are encouraged to do so with the authorities capping attendance to 50 percent.

Activities and public spaces 

Shopping malls and showrooms will continue to implement an occupancy limit of one person per 10 sqm of Gross Floor Area (GFA). For malls deemed popular, odd and even date entry restrictions on Sundays will remain.

Attractions, museums and public libraries are capped at 50 percent capacity. Cinemas are allowed to operate with up to 250 people with PET and up to 100 without PET. Safe distancing between groups of up to 5 people will be implemented.

Gyms and fitness studios will be closed until at least 30 May.

Events

Wedding receptions and funerals are still given the go-ahead but with a limit of 250 guests with PET and up to 50 without PET. Funeral services may cater to 30 attendees at any point in time on all days.

Visit the official government website for the full details.

 

How will these restrictions affect travel?

Starting from 8 May, all travellers arriving from higher-risk countries/regions will have to serve a 21-day Stay Home Notice (SHN) at dedicated facilities. This includes extending travel history checks for inbound travellers to a period of three weeks earlier instead of the current two weeks.

Those who have stayed in Fiji and Vietnam in the past consecutive 21 days will be subjected to a 21-day SHN at dedicated facilities, with the option to serve the last 7 days at their place of residence. Those who have yet to complete their current 14-day SHN by 7 May 2021, 11.59 PM will be allowed to complete it at their current SHN location, and request to serve their additional 7 days at their place of residence.

Those arriving from the UK, South Africa, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka who are currently required to serve a 21-day SHN will be required to serve the full duration of the SHN at dedicated facilities. Those who have yet to complete their 21-day SHN by 7 May 2021, 11.59 PM, will have to complete their 21-day SHN at their current SHN location.

Visit the official government website for the full details.