mask wearing in Singapore

This implies that social gatherings at the workplace continue to remain disallowed, as well as households can only accept five visitors per day, instead of the planned five visitors per sitting.

Singapore's Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) has postponed its plans to ease and streamline the nation's safe management measures (SMMs) into five core parameters (SMM1-5), that was to take place in two stages (on 25 February and 4 March 2022), citing the current surge in daily cases.

In addition, to be noted is that the streamlining exercise involves extensive amendments to existing regulations that have accumulated over the past two years. As such, there will be extensive work involved in going through the detailed rules across different settings.

Keeping those two points in mind, the MTF has decided to consolidate and streamline the SMMs in one go instead. The taskforce added: "We will announce the revised effective date shortly. In the meantime, we will keep to the current rules." 

What this means is that plans to ease certain measures, previously been announced, have now been put on hold. Please take note of the following requirements that continue to be in place, effective 25 February 2022:

  1. Group sizes: The permissible group size for social gatherings remains at five persons.
  2. Household visitors: Households can accept a maximum of five unique visitors per day.
  3. Mask-wearing: Will continue to be required as a default.
  4. Workplace and employee policies:
    1. 50% of employees who can work from home can continue to return to the office.
    2. Workers who have their masks on to continue to maintain 1 metre safe distancing in the workplace.
    3. Social gatherings at workplaces are not allowed to resume.
    4. Restrictions remain in place on cross-deployment of employees across workplaces.
  5. Safe distancing: Will continue to be required between individuals or groups in all mask-on settings.
  6. Capacity limits: Fixed size limits for various event types will continue to remain in place, including zoning requirements.
  7. Vaccination-differentiated measures (VDS): There will be no adjustments to vaccination-differentiated SMMs (VDS) for unvaccinated children aged 12 years and below. Existing rules remain in place.
  8. Team sports: Team sports are not allowed to resume at this stage.

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