Singapore moves closer to pre Covid living, lifting most pandemic measures

Singapore is set to ease most Covid measures from April 26, authorities said.

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SINGAPORE – Singapore is set to remove almost all virus security measures from Tuesday as the city-state seeks to return to pre-Covid life, authorities announced on Friday.

There will be no more social distancing or limits on the number of people to social gatherings.

Fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to take Covid tests before traveling to Singapore. Arrival test has been waived since April 1st.

“Things continue to look up to us. Our social resilience is strong and now we are in a comfortable position. We can therefore afford to take further steps to restore normality before Covid-19,” said Ong Ye Kung, Singapore Minister of Health.

“But given the risk over the horizon, we should not declare a day of freedom until the pandemic is really over. Instead, we will step down but not dismantle our measures completely,” he added.

From 26 April, social gatherings will no longer be limited to 10 people, all workers can return to their workplaces, and most larger event spaces can be used 100% of their capacity. Contact tracking will also be largely stopped.

Today’s announcement [marks] an important milestone on our journey. I would like to urge everyone to remain vigilant as the situation may change rapidly.

Gan Kim Yong

Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry

People do not have to keep 1 meter apart.

Masks will still be required in almost any indoor setting. An exception will be made for people in their workplace if they are not physically interacting and not in customer-facing areas.

“Today’s announcement [marks] an important milestone on our journey. I would like to urge everyone to remain vigilant as the situation may change rapidly, says Trade and Industry Minister Gan Kim Yong.

“The government will also continue to monitor both the local and global situation closely so that we can respond quickly to any developments,” he said.

Separate rules for unvaccinated individuals will mostly be removed with a few exceptions.

Those who have not been vaccinated will still not be allowed to eat in or attend events with more than 500 people. Nor can they visit nightlife centers where dancing is involved.

That said, food and beverage outlets will not be required to check customers’ vaccination status, the health ministry said in a press release.

Currently, people who are not vaccinated are not allowed to visit malls, attractions or even enter their workplaces.

Singapore’s Covid situation

Singapore on Thursday reported 3,420 cases of Covid-19, with infections continuing to fall from a record high of 26,032 infections on 22 February.

Most people infected in Singapore have mild or no symptoms.

The Southeast Asian country eased some Covid measures in late March. In mid-April, nightlife companies such as clubs and karaoke establishments were allowed to reopen after about two years.

About 92% of the population have completed the primary vaccination series as of Thursday, while 73% have received boosters.

The government also announced on Friday that those aged 12 and over who have recovered from Covid must now receive boosters within nine months of their last dose to maintain their vaccinated status.

Other boosters will also be allowed for those between the ages of 60 and 79 on a voluntary basis, although it is only recommended for those aged 80 and over.

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