All you need to know about the latest Covid updates and developments in Singapore, from smaller gatherings to WFH orders.
We’ve been enjoying Phase 3 in Singapore since last December and, though we’re getting settled into this ‘new normal’, the Covid situation is ever-evolving. Here’s what you need to know about the latest developments and measures being implemented, which will take place from 21 June onwards:
Covid-19 updates for families in Singapore
1. Dining in will resume from 21 June
Group sizes up to two people will be permitted to dine in at F&B establishments. This ruling includes people from the same household. If a bigger group from the same household – e.g. parents and two children – want to dine out, they will have to split across multiple tables. Groups larger than two and not from the same household are not allowed to dine in together, even if they are split across tables multiple tables.
2. Do your own Covid testing at home
Antigen rapid test kits are now available at pharmacies across Singapore, which are priced between $10 and $13. These tests can be self-administered and produce results within 20 minutes. No more swabbing! More information about using them and interpreting the results can be found here.
3. Covid-19 vaccine updates
Singapore citizens between 12 and 39 years old can now register and book their vaccination appointments. Children under 18 will require their parent’s consent to book an appointment. The rest of the population are eligible to register in the coming months. Those who’ve recovered from Covid-19 earlier are recommended to receive just one dose of the vaccine.
Psst, we’ve put together a vaccination guide if you have any questions!
4. Social gatherings of up to five allowed again
Group social gatherings and daily household visitors can accommodate up to five pax. This ruling also applies to staycations, unless everyone’s from the same household. However, the public is advised to limit social gatherings to no more than two per day.
5. Capacity limits raised from 14 June
Museums, libraries, and other attractions can operate up to 50 per cent capacity. Worship services, marriage solemnisations outside the home, cinemas (no food and drink to be consumed), live performances, and sports events can accommodate up to 250 people with pre-event testing (PET) done or 50 people without PET. Gyms, fitness studios, and in-person tuition and enrichment classes are allowed to resume from 21 June. No word from NParks on whether our favourite water play spots can resume; outdoor barbecue pits and campsites remain closed. We recommend that you check ahead of time and make reservations when necessary.
6. Working from home is still the default
No change on this ruling. Those who do need to go back should stagger their start times and work flexible hours. Social gatherings at workplaces are not allowed, which also means no intermingling with colleagues. Here are our tips on how to work from home effectively (with kids in tow!).
7. What will the new normal look like?
Covid-19 may not be completely eradicated… rather, the virus will continue to circulate for years to come, just like the common flu. Booster shots will probably need to be taken every year. Eventually (and hopefully!), masks will not be necessary – at least in outdoor settings. Tests will hopefully be able to be done quickly and easily, allowing large social gatherings to return, and of course, allowing everyone to travel overseas again.
Check back soon for more announcements and Covid-19 updates in Singapore. And stay safe, everyone!