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. Anything social is back to two persons
Social gatherings remain at two for the time being. This applies to dining in, as well as household visitors and activities like staycations. 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. You can refer to our guide of restaurants and dessert shops that deliver if you fancy eating with the family at home instead.
2. Differentiated rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated
From 13 October, unvaccinated individuals will no longer be able to eat out (this includes hawker centres) or enter shopping malls. Standalone supermarkets are exempt, and this doesn’t apply to children under 12 who cannot get the vaccine at the mo.
3. Simpler process for positive cases and home recovery is now the default
If you test positive for Covid-19, you can now recover at home unless you are seriously ill. This will now be the norm for most people, apart from babies (under one), and those over 80. The procedure for home recovery has also 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 as opposed to 14 days now, too.
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.
4. Quarantine orders are no more
Previously, close contacts of positive Covid-19 cases were issued quarantine orders. This is no longer the case. Instead, you will receive a health risk warning and be asked to collect an ART kit. If negative, you can leave your house and carry on as normal. You need to repeat the testing for six days. If positive, there’s a simpler process for home recovery to follow (see above).
5. Working from home is the default again
Working from home continues to be the default for the moment. No cross-deployments and social gatherings are permitted. Need help on how to work from home effectively with kids in tow? Check out our tips!
6. Capacity limits at attractions
Museums, libraries, and other attractions are still operating 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 all outdoor barbecue pits and campsites.
7. Enrichments classes can resume in person
In-person classes serving students aged 12 years and below are allowed to resume. Although, many are still encouraged to continue online if possible.
8. Passenger limit in taxis and private-hire cars
As with the social rule, the two-passenger cap for taxis and private-hire cars continues, in line with the latest restrictions. This limit does not apply if everyone is from the same household. Carpooling services are suspended.
9. Covid-19 vaccine updates
Those over 30 (or in healthcare or frontline services) are now invited to receive their booster shot six months after completing their two doses of the mRNA vaccine. The booster dose will be offered at 50 micrograms, which is half of the dose used in the primary vaccination course. Psst, we’ve put together a vaccination guide if you have any questions!
10. ART is the go-to test over PCR testing
Good news, the more invasive PCR tests will no longer be required in most cases, with ART tests becoming the norm. Households across Singapore will receive an additional 10 ART tests to use as and when needed. Antigen rapid test (ART) kits are now available at pharmacies, supermarkets, and convenience stores across Singapore, too. Prices range between $10 and $13. These tests can be self-administered and produce results within 20 minutes. More information about using them and interpreting the results can be found here.
11. More travel lanes opening
Travel is looking a lot more likely – hooray! Singapore is opening up vaccinated travel lanes with Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and the US. This means that from 19 October, you’ll be able to travel without quarantine, woohoo! The downside for families is that this only applies to vaccinated travellers (so over 12s only), but it does mean that if you have vaccinated relatives overseas, they can now visit. Also, many countries have been recategorised, so you can quarantine for a shorter period at home – good news for families hoping to travel soon!
WHAT WILL THE NEW NORMAL LOOK LIKE?
The latest info is that the new normal is some time away yet, in the region of three to six months. We also need to know that Covid-19 isn’t going away. Rather, 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!
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