All you need to know about the latest Covid-19 updates and developments in Singapore, from gatherings to the recovery process for positive cases.
Are you struggling to keep up with the ever-evolving Covid regulations and rules in Singapore? Bookmark this page! Here’s what you need to know about the latest developments and measures following the recent announcements from the Multi-Ministry Taskforce.
Covid-19 updates for families in Singapore
1. More travel lanes opening
Travel is looking a lot more likely – hooray! Singapore has opened up vaccinated travel lanes with several countries, which means no quarantine, woohoo! Also, many countries have been re-categorised, so you can quarantine for a shorter period at home – good news for families hoping to travel soon!
2. Booster shots for everyone
Everyone is encouraged to receive their booster shot five months after completing their two doses of the mRNA vaccine. The booster dose is offered at 50 micrograms, half the amount used in the primary vaccination course. Folks who previously received the Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccine are recommended to receive an mRNA vaccine for their booster shot. Psst, we’ve put together a vaccination guide if you have any questions! The Expert Committee on Covid-19 vaccinations is currently considering the vaccine for five to 11-year-olds, so watch this space for updates!
3. Simpler processes for positive cases, recovery and close contacts
If you test positive for Covid-19, you can now recover at home unless you are seriously ill. Kids under three (but above three months) will recover at home but will require a telemedicine assessment first. The procedure for home recovery has been simplified. If you have symptoms, you can see a doctor to get tested and then wait for further instructions from the Ministry of Health. You can resume normal activities after ten days.
If you test positive through an ART test but have no symptoms, then you’ll need to self isolate for 72 hours before doing another test. Once negative, you no longer need to isolate.
Previously, close contacts of positive Covid-19 cases were issued quarantine orders. Now, you’ll receive a health risk warning and be asked to collect an ART kit. If negative, you can leave your house and carry on as usual. You need to repeat the testing for six days. If positive, there’s a more straightforward process for home recovery to follow (see above).
4. Differentiated rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated
Unvaccinated individuals cannot eat out (this includes hawker centres) or enter shopping malls. Standalone supermarkets are exempt. This ruling doesn’t apply to children under 12 who cannot get the vaccine at the mo. In addition, those who choose not to be vaccinated will bear the total cost of the medical bill should they get infected.
5. Exceptions for those who are medically ineligible for vaccines
Although those who cannot get the vaccine for medical reasons are strongly advised to stay home where possible, there’s now the option for dine-in and to be able to enter malls. Note: medically ineligible individuals must provide proof of this status once an assessment has taken place for this.
6. Five is the maximum
These include dining out, household visitors, activities like staycations, and the number of passengers in taxis and private-hire cars. This cap does not apply to grandchildren being looked after by grandparents. Also, you can only have one social gathering per day, whether to another household or in a public place.
Remember, you must be fully vaccinated (unless under 12) before you get booking your restaurant of choice. If you’d still prefer to eat with the family at home, check out our guide of restaurants and dessert shops that deliver.
7. Capacity limits at attractions
Museums, libraries, and other attractions operate at 50 per cent capacity. No change in the number of people for events, funerals, live performances, wedding solemnisations and receptions, cinemas, and worship services. Meanwhile, NParks has kept some of our favourite water play spots closed, alongside outdoor barbecue pits and campsites.
8. A pilot to launch to reintroduce team sports
Good news if you’re into sports – a new pilot will allow higher-risk activities to resume in groups of up to ten at ActiveSG sports centres and People’s Association community clubs. Stay tuned for more info on the pilot!
What will the new normal look like?
We need to know that Covid-19 isn’t going away. Instead, the virus will continue to circulate for years to come, just like the common flu. How will we know when we reach the new normal? We can expect fewer restrictions and a stable number of cases (although it is still likely to be in the hundreds).
Check back soon for more announcements and Covid-19 updates in Singapore. And stay safe, everyone!