According to officials, Singapore plans to ease most Covid measures from April 26th.
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Singapore — Singapore officials announced Friday that it plans to remove almost all virus safety measures from Tuesday as city-states are returning to pre-Covid life.
There are no longer any restrictions on social distance or the number of social gatherings.
Fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to take the Covid test before leaving for Singapore. The test on arrival is exempt from April 1st.
“Things continue to look for us. Our social resilience is strong and we are now in a comfortable position, so before Covid-19,” said Singapore’s Minister of Health, On Ye Kung. We can afford to take further steps to restore normality. “
“But given the risks on the horizon, we shouldn’t declare a free day until the pandemic really ends. Instead, we resign, but we don’t completely dismantle our measures. “He added.
Beginning April 26, the social gathering will no longer be limited to 10 people, all workers will be able to return to work, and most large event spaces will be available at 100% of capacity. Contact tracing will also be significantly stopped.
People don’t have to be a meter away.
Masks are still required in almost all indoor settings. Exceptions are made when people at work are not physically interacting and are not in contact with customers.
“Today’s announcement [marks] An important milestone in our journey. The situation can change rapidly, so I want to encourage everyone to be vigilant. “
“The government will also continue to closely monitor the situation in both the region and the world so that it can respond quickly to any progress,” he said.
The individual rules for unvaccinated people are mostly removed, with a few exceptions.
Unvaccinated people may not eat or attend events for more than 500 people. You also cannot visit nightlife facilities that involve dancing.
That said, the Ministry of Health said in a press release that restaurants would not be needed to check customer vaccination status.
Currently, unvaccinated people are not allowed to visit malls, attractions or even enter the workplace.
Singapore reported 3,420 cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, and infections continue to decline from the record 26,032 cases on February 22.
Most people infected in Singapore are mild or asymptomatic.
Southeast Asian countries relaxed some Covid measures at the end of March.. In mid-April, nightlife businesses such as clubs and karaoke stores were allowed to resume in about two years.
As of Thursday, approximately 92% of the population has completed the primary vaccination series and 73% have been boosted.
The government also announced on Friday that people over the age of 12 who have recovered from Covid need to be boosted within 9 months of the last dose to stay vaccinated.
Second boosters are voluntarily allowed for people between the ages of 60 and 79, but are only recommended for people over the age of 80.