Here’s some good news to end your Monday. With Singapore well into the stabilization phase and some measures of Covid-19 have softened. Although we are still recording more than 3,000 cases a day, according to Minister Gan Kim Yong, the situation has stabilized to allow for some flexibility in measures.
“The weekly ratio of infections has fallen below one in recent days, to 0.81 on November 7. The number of cases in hospitals and the proportion of cases with serious illnesses have also been reduced. kept stable., ”he said.
Safe management measures for companies will also be refined to “better facilitate operations,” he said.
Families can now dine in groups of 5 people
Starting Wednesday, Nov. 10, fully vaccinated people from the same household can dine together in groups of up to five. However, this easing of dining restrictions will not apply to people from different households, which is still maintained as a limit for two fully vaccinated people,
This new easing of restrictions also does not apply to street vending centers and cafes. Because these areas cannot administer “complete” vaccination controls the working group said.
“We are willing to extend the same concession to street vending centers and cafes once they have implemented additional control measures.”
The National Environment Agency and the Singapore Food Agency will hire street vendor associations and coffee shop operators on this, and more updates will be provided when they are ready, the ministry said.
However, social gatherings are limited to a maximum of two people and should be held once a day, either in another home or in a public place.
The limit of domestic visitors remains unchanged at two a day. This does not apply to grandchildren cared for by grandparents.
More school activities will also be resumed, including face-to-face classes, group work and complementary activities, Gan said.
You can now play music at F&B outlets
Another good news for F&B outlets, they will now be allowed to play “soft recorded music” starting November 10th.
However, live music and entertainment remain banned. It’s a small step, but one I’m sure many F&B owners can appreciate in the covid-19 era.
Cinemas and live performances
To facilitate the opening of Singapore, capacity for cinemas, live performances and MICE events will be increased.
Areas of up to 100 attendees will be allowed; this is over the 50 attendees above. A separation of 2 meters is less than 3 meters.
For live performances and worship, there must be a distance of 2 meters between the performer and the audience.
Static interpreters are allowed in groups of two, and there is no need to maintain social distancing within the group. The groups still have to keep a distance of 1 meter between them.
Sports and fitness classes
For all the rats in the gym and fitness class fans, now they don’t have to ask for seats. For indoor high intensity classes, the distance between groups is reduced to 2 meters compared to the previous 3 meters.
There is no mixing between groups, and they must be kept at least 2 meters between groups.
Singapore is working to open a backup
While the number of COVID-19 cases in hospitals and in intensive care remains high, it is stable: ICU utilization “ranges around 70 percent,” MOH said.
With the situation stabilizing, we are now in a better position to ease some of our safe management measures without overwhelming our healthcare system. ”
That is why differentiated measures for vaccination will continue to be a key part of Singapore’s reopening strategy, Mr. Gan, who is one of three co-chairs of the multi-ministerial working group addressing the pandemic. As more VTLs are opening up, it seems like a covid-19 reality is possible after all.
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