On Thursday (24 March), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that COVID-19 safety measures will be relaxed starting today (29 March). According to his announcement, wearing masks while outdoors are now optional and the maximum size for social gatherings have doubled. In addition, he mentioned that Singapore will significantly reduce tests for overseas travel, allowing Singaporeans ease when it comes to travelling. But there’s more! Here at Glitz, we bring you everything you need to know about the new COVID-19 safety measures.
Watch the full announcement here:
1. Social Gathering Group Size
Previously, Singaporeans were only allowed to gather in a maximum group of 5. Starting today, you will be able to gather in a maximum group of 10 people. All 10 people will also be able to sit at the same table when dining in at a restaurant.
2. Masks Are Optional Outdoors
From 29 March onwards, masks are not mandatory when you are outdoors. This includes HDB void decks, bus stops, walkways, and more. However, a 1-metre safe-distancing when you are not masked up is needed. It is also important to note that masks are still mandatory indoors. Thus, you will still need to mask up when you’re in coffee shops, hawker stalls, or on the bus or train.
3. Workers To Resume Operations In The Office
A total of 75% of workers can now resume operations in the office, as compared to the previous 50%. In addition, the Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) is no longer required.
4. Events Throughout Singapore
Before Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s announcement, there was a 50% capacity limit when it came to hosting events. Today, that percentage will increase to 75%, for events or places that can host more than 1000 people. Furthermore, large scale events such as birthday dinners and galas are allowed to resume.
5. Travelling To Singapore
Starting 1 April, fully-vaccinated travellers will be able to travel to Singapore via land and air with no quota. Moreover, they will no longer need to undergo tests upon arrival nor will they need to complete stay-at-home notices.