Things are starting to look up.
Singapore could enter phase three by the end of the year, which would see a loosening of Covid-19 restrictions. The Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) set out conditions that would see Singapore achieve this goal. [Featured Image: Swapnil Bapat, Unsplash].
Community cases have to remain at a low number, and the contact tracing system must continue. Groups must remain small, distancing should be upheld, and masks should be worn.
Singapore entering phase three would mean a number of changes. Gatherings would be allowed to increase from five people to eight, both in and out of the household. It could also see the numbers permitted in public venues, such as museums, be increased to 50.
Some events like weddings will also be allowed to go ahead, but will require a pre-event test to ensure it meets safety requirements, if numbers are to be expanded. Some photographic evidence of the event may also be requested by the government, so there are not breaches to the rules.
Bars and clubs, however, are not expected to reopen if phase three was to be entered. The government have said they would be open to some pilot tests for this industry in the future.
MTF said: “We will discuss these possibilities with the nightlife industry. But we have to be realistic that it will take a long time for the industry to fully re-open in its original form.”
The government will also look into gradually getting travel moving again, but there is no confirmation on how this will work as of yet.
It has been said that these measures will enter gradually, so watch this space for any new updates. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that some will be in place by the end of the year.