S’pore tightens dinner rules to 2 per group; exemptions for fully vaccinated


Meals in restaurants will be reduced to two per group for those who have not been vaccinated, authorities announced at a news conference on Friday (July 16th).

Only those who have been fully vaccinated can continue to dine in groups of five at some F&B outlets, said Gan Kim Yong, co-chair of the multi-ministerial working group in Singapore.

The latest measures come amid a ‘big stalemate’ due to the KTV Covid-19 cluster.

The measures will last from July 19 to August 8.

The person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech / Comirnaty or Moderna, the health ministry said in a separate press release.

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Unvaccinated individuals with a valid negative COVID-19 (PET) pre-recovery result or recovered individuals may also participate in such groups of five, the ministry said.

On Monday (July 12), it was eaten in groups of five as measures relaxed due to a drop in Covid-19 cases the previous week.

But the latest rally related to KTV salons led the government to overturn the decision. As of Friday, the cluster has been linked to 120 cases, making it the largest active Covid-19 cluster in Singapore.

As children under the age of 12 do not qualify for any Covid-19 vaccine under the national vaccination program in Singapore, they are allowed to dine with members of the same household without PET.

The health ministry said the size of the groups would remain two people for junk centers, grocery stores and cafes.

Wedding celebrations can continue with groups of 5 people

The wedding reception can take place with groups of five people per table, without the need for all the people in the group to be fully vaccinated.

The reception can accommodate up to 250 people with PET on site. For 50 people, only wedding guests need PET.

The wedding reception can take place with groups of five people at the table / Image credit: Unsplash

“We acknowledge that wedding couples have faced significant uncertainties in recent months. Therefore, we will enable this key life event to continue on the current numbers and provisions of PET, so that couples do not need to revise their wedding plans, “said the Ministry of Health.

Reduced indoor masking activities indoors

The local jump in Covid-19 cases has also prompted authorities to reduce group sizes for high-intensity masking indoor activities. Such activities can only be performed in classes with more than two groups, limited to 30 people, including an instructor, without the need for testing or vaccination.

The exception for groups of five will only be when everyone in the class, among other measures, has been fully vaccinated or has recovered from Covid-19.

Outdoor activities can be continued in groups of up to five people, in classes of up to 50 people, including instructors, subject to space space constraints, whichever is lower.

Live performances, recorded music and videos will still be banned in facilities offering food and drink.

Social gatherings in the workplace are not allowed, WFH is the default

Working from home will continue to be the default arrangement to reduce overall interaction in the workplace and in public transport, the health ministry said.

Work from home remains the default arrangement / Image Credit: Reuters

“We remind employers to adhere to the practice. Employees who need to come to work must continue to schedule start times and respect flexible working hours, ”it adds.

Social and recreational gatherings in the workplace are not allowed, and work-related events, such as product launches and city halls, should still not serve food and drink.

The government said the Covid-19 vaccination program is “ahead of schedule,” with 50 percent of Singapore’s population to be fully vaccinated by July 25th.

As of Thursday (July 15th), about 2.5 million people, or 45 percent of the population, have been fully vaccinated.

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