Singapore lifts Covid restrictions on social events, live performances and alcohol past 10.30pm

SINGAPORE will lift restrictions on large-scale social events, live performances and alcohol consumption beyond 10.30pm from Mar 29, marking a "decisive move" for the Republic in its endeavour to live with Covid-19.

With social group sizes now expanded to 10, from 5, food and beverage (F&B) establishments will be able to serve up to 10 fully vaccinated customers as long as they have implemented full vaccination-differentiated safe management measures (SMM), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Thursday (Mar 24).

All such eateries, including hawker centres and coffee shops, will be able to seat 5 fully vaccinated persons without the need for checks at their entrance, to ease the operational burden on them, MOH said.

However, random spot checks may be done to ensure compliance, it added.

Current restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol after 10.30pm will also be lifted.

At the same time, live performances will be allowed to resume at all venues, including at F&B establishments, which will also be allowed to screen live broadcast programmes and recorded entertainment.

Large-scale social gatherings and events, such as gala dinners, corporate dinner-and-dance events, birthday celebrations and anniversaries will be allowed to resume.

Organisers of such events should comply with prevailing SMMs, which means there should be no more than 10 persons per table, with safe-distancing of 1 metre maintained between tables.

Vocalisation activities, which include singing, chanting and cheering, are also allowed as long as masks are worn throughout.

"Today's announcements marks a pivoting, not a dismantling of our Covid-19-related measures," Health Minister Ong Ye Kung, who co-chairs the Covid-19 multi-minstry taskforce, said during a press conference that was broadcast live on Thursday morning.

"We cannot abruptly dismantle all our measures because that means letting down our guard, and that will result in the virus coming back to impact us and hurt us," he said.

Separately, the authorities are looking into the safe resumption of nightlife businesses, including bars, pubs, karaoke establishments, discotheques and nightclubs, MOH said.

It added that these are activities with much risks of transmission and it is more difficult for them to comply with the prevailing SMMs.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Home Affairs are expected to provide an update on the reopening of the sector in the coming weeks.


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