People sit outside a bar at Emily Hill in Singapore on Monday, August 22, 2022.
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SINGAPORE — Singapore is set to allow fully unvaccinated travelers to skip quarantine on arrival from Monday, officials said Wednesday.
The country also aims to take another step towards living with Covid, so it plans to remove indoor mask requirements from 29 August.
Further easing of security and border measures is an “important milestone”, but the country “doesn’t know how this virus will mutate and what the next variant will look like, so be prepared for sudden changes in your mental health.” Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong, who is also co-chair of Singapore’s Covid task force.
Visitors who are not fully vaccinated must test negative for Covid at least 2 days before departure to Singapore. However, she will no longer have to undergo a seven-day quarantine at her home or place of residence.
Currently, fully vaccinated travelers can enter Singapore without undergoing a Covid-19 test or quarantine.
Long-term visitors and short-term visitors over the age of 13 who have not been vaccinated are currently required to apply for an entry permit to enter Singapore. This requirement will also be lifted from Monday, according to the Ministry of Health.
According to the Ministry of Health, masks are optional indoors and will be mandatory in special settings such as public transport and medical facilities such as hospitals, residential care homes and ambulances from Monday. Taxis, private he hired, are optional at the airport.
“The reason is that we have identified areas where essential services are carried out in closed, congested spaces and frequently used by vulnerable people,” said Wong, who is also the country’s finance minister.
The decision to lift the mask requirement First announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on sunday.
Masks are now required in almost all indoor environments, except for workplaces with no physical interaction or customer-facing areas.
“Companies and employers have discretion to decide whether or not to do this. [from] From a workplace safety standpoint…we will lift the requirement to wear a mask, but it is optional,” Wong said.
In preparation for the next wave of Omicrons, the health ministry said a second mRNA Covid booster is now recommended for people over the age of 60.
Previously, a second booster was only recommended for people over the age of 80.
About 93% of the population had completed the primary vaccination series as of Monday, while 79% of the total population had received boosters.
Singapore’s Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said the high booster rate was “the main reason” the country has been able to weather the current coronavirus wave.
Ong emphasized the need to expand the recommendation of the second booster to those whose first booster was between the ages of 60 and 79 (5 months after the first booster), although the first booster was limited to this age group. provided strong protection against serious illness to people of all ages.
The Ministry of Health also recommends that children between the ages of 5 and 11 receive one booster dose five months after the second dose of the primary vaccination series for added protection.
Plans are in place for a potential new Covid wave, perhaps in the winter, Wong said.
“We continue to monitor closely and are planning for a range of contingencies, including expanding our medical capacity and … vaccinations if necessary,” Wong said at a press conference on Wednesday. ” he said.
He added that these plans would “buy us time” in the event of an aggressive and dangerous Covid wave.
The average number of infections per day over the seven-day period fell to 2,700 as of Tuesday, as it continued to decline from a record 26,032 infections on February 22. Most people infected in Singapore have mild or no symptoms.
of Southeast Asian nation further eases Covid measures End of April. Social gatherings are no longer limited to her 10 people and people no longer have to keep his 1 meter distance.
People wearing face masks as a precaution against the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore.
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In April, another rule for unvaccinated people was also removed, with some exceptions.
Unvaccinated people will still not be allowed to dine or attend events with more than 500 people. They are also not allowed to visit nightlife venues where dancing is involved.
However, restaurants are not required to check the vaccination status of their customers, the health ministry said in a press release.