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Updated as of 21 Jun 2021

Section 1: Household Activity and Care-Giving Arrangements


I am planning to relocate to a new place of residence. Am I allowed to engage more than 5 movers from a moving company to help me to shift my furniture and belongings?
A:
Yes. If you are relocating from one place of residence to another, more than 5 workers from a moving company are allowed to enter your home, to support the relocation of furniture and belongings from the old to the new residential address.

What is the prevailing permissible group size for social activities?
A:The prevailing permissible group size for social activities, or number of visitors to households per day is currently 5 persons.
 My household consists of more than five people. Can we all go out together, since we are from the same household?
 A:The group size limit of five is meant to minimise interaction and the risk of transmission across different households, but we seek your understanding that it is not possible to easily tell in a public setting if a group of more than five is from the same household or from more than one household.


So you may choose to go out together, but your household needs to observe the prevailing group size limits in public settings and venues, i.e. if there are more than 5 persons, please maintain at least 1m distancing in groups of no more than five persons.


My parents usually come over to help me with caring for my children on weekdays. Can they do so?

A:

Grandparents may go over to help with child-caring arrangements, however, they will contribute to the prevailing permissible visitor cap to a household per day.

Families who are relying on grandparents for childcare on a daily basis are advised to take the necessary safe distancing precautions to protect the grandparents. Observe personal hygiene and try to reduce interaction time as far as possible when visiting . Do not visit if you are unwell. 
 
Grandparents are also strongly encouraged to take the COVID-19 vaccination, to protect both themselves and their grandchildren. To reduce the risk of transmission, grandparents should also minimise intermingling between grandchildren from different households as much as possible.

 

My siblings and I drop our children off at their grandparents’ house on weekdays. Will this be allowed?

A:

Grandchildren being cared for by their grandparents on a daily basis would not be counted towards the prevailing permissible visitor cap per household, or to the number of social gatherings per day.

Grandparents are also strongly encouraged to take the COVID-19 vaccination, to protect both themselves and their grandchildren. To reduce the risk of transmission, grandparents should also minimise intermingling between grandchildren from different households as much as possible.

 

I am divorced and my children take turns to live with me and my ex-spouse. Can this arrangement continue?

A:

Yes, this is allowed.


Section 2: Running Errands, Social Activities and Gatherings


I have a weekly get-together (e.g. high tea, mahjong, movie screening) with my close group of friends. Can we do this?

A: 

Social gatherings of up to five persons can take place, in premises that are open to the public. These persons do not need to be from the same household. If gathering at home, households may receive up to the prevailing permissible number of visitors per day. These visitors are not restricted to having to come from the same household. 

Nevertheless, individuals are advised to keep to two or less social gatherings a day and keep their number of contacts small, preferably limited to a regular circle of close contacts. If accepting visitors, keep them preferably to family members or very close friends, and remind them not to visit if they are not feeling well.

 

Can I organise an outdoor taichi / yoga session with my friends in the park for more than five persons, as long as we keep in groups of five?

A:

Social gatherings including for exercise must not exceed 5 persons. The safe distancing measures are put in place to minimise interactions to prevent transmission. In line with the intent, social gatherings of more than the prevailing permissible group size should not take place.

Outdoor exercise classes organised by enterprises such as a registered instructor can take place with up to 30 persons (inclusive of instructor) in groups of no more than five persons, if masks are worn at all times. Groups should be spaced at least 3 metres apart and there should be no intermingling between groups. For outdoor classes where masks have to be removed, classes should be limited to 5 pax (inclusive of instructor). Please refer to Sport Singapore’s website for details.

 [Updated 21 Jun 2021] Can indoor mask-off sports/ exercise activities resume?
 A: Gyms and fitness studios may resume indoor mask-off sports/ exercise activities in group sizes of up to 2 persons, and in classes of up to 30 persons including the instructor, with safe distancing of at least 2m between individuals and 3m between groups. For mask-on activities and outdoor mask-off activities, these can continue in groups of no more than 5 persons, in classes of up to 30 persons including the instructor. For more details, please refer to SportSG's website here.

Section 3: Home Based Services


Can I allow people offering home-based services into my home? For example:

repairman to fix water pipes/electricity/cable/air-conditioning issues;
part-time cleaner / gardener; or
day-time nanny caring for my child?


Can they visit more than 2 households per day?


A:

Home-based services will be allowed to operate. They will count as part of the five persons cap on visitors per day. Service providers are required to wear masks and maintain a one metre distance. For example, if your part-time cleaner is coming to clean your house, you can only receive 4 more visitors to your home within the day.

Limiting visits to two other households per day applies to social visits, and does not apply to those who need to visit multiple households in the course of business or employment. For example, if you are a repairman, you may visit more than two households for your work every day.

Using renovations works as an example, only five workers would be allowed into the house for the whole day, with no other visitors allowed in that day. If the house is vacant with no residents, there is no limit to the number of workers allowed into the house, subject to them being able to maintain safe distancing.

For renovation contractors, the limit of visiting more than two households per day does not apply to those who need to visit different households in the course of their business or employment.


Can I receive visitors to my home if I provide home-based services, e.g. hairdressing services?

A:

Home-based services such as hairdressing services will be allowed to operate. Like any other homes, these homes offering services may receive up to the prevailing permissible number of visitors per day. Service providers and visitors should wear masks and maintain a one metre distancing. For example, if you are a hair stylist offering hairdressing services at your home, you may only receive up to 5 customers per day (if you have no other visitors to your household that day).


Section 4: Consumption of Meals

 

[Updated 21 Jun 2021] Am I allowed to eat out during Phase 3 (Heightened Alert - Stage 2)?

A: F&B establishments will be able to resume dining-in from 21 June 2021 in group sizes of up to 2 persons. This means that a group of more than 2 persons who are not from the same household is not allowed to dine-in together at F&B establishments, even if they are split across multiple tables. To further mitigate the risk of transmission from patrons talking loudly, recorded music will not be allowed in F&B establishments. This is in addition to the current restrictions on videos/TV screening and live entertainment at F&B establishments. 

F&B establishments are also reminded to strictly observe safe distancing of at least 1 metre between groups of diners, of no more than two persons per group, to lower the risk of transmission. Enforcement will be stepped up and we will take firmer enforcement action for any breaches of safe management measures. Patrons must keep their masks on at all times, except when eating or drinking.


Section 5: Weddings and Solemnisations

 

[Updated 21 Jun 21] What is allowed for weddings and solemnisations?

A: 

As wedding receptions are higher-risk activities where attendees tend to socialise more and over a longer period of time, wedding receptions will remain prohibited until mid-July 2021.

If you wish to have your marriage solemnisation in an external venue (outside ROM(M) building or home), up to 50 persons will be allowed without Pre-Event Testing (PET), while up to 250 persons will be allowed with PET. Should you wish to hold the marriage solemnisations at home, please do note that the hosting household can invite up to 5 visitors, or have 10 attendees in total (including the couple, excluding solemniser and vendors), whichever is higher. Safe distancing measures must be observed for all marriage solemnisations at external venues or within homes.

Please refer to the safe management measures and FAQs for marriage solemnisations and wedding receptions here.


Section 6: Funerals and Wakes

 

What is allowed for funerals and wakes?

A: 

Wakes and funerals may be held at venues that are open to the public or for bookings, including funeral parlours, places of worship and HDB void decks. Live instrumental music (except wind) may also be performed. Up to 20 persons may be present at any one time, and in groups of no more than 5 persons (excluding religious and supporting workers as well as any music performers must be kept to a minimum), subject to the venue’s capacity limits based on safe management principles.


Section 7: Personal Well-being


I am experiencing high levels of stress during this period. Where can I seek help or respite?

A: 

Those with general anxiety or stress may call the National CARE Hotline (Tel: 6202-6868) for support.

Those experiencing marital or parenting stress may wish to contact CPH Online Counselling at www.cphonlinecounselling.sg.

Live chat: Mon-Fri 9am-9pm

Email: Anytime, counsellor will respond within 3 working days


Section 8: General Safe Management Measures


Is carpooling allowed?

A: 

Carpooling trips which do not involve payment, such as those between families, friends or colleagues is permitted, subject to the prevailing social gathering group size of up to five persons. More than 5 persons may travel together in the same car if they are members of the same household.


In taxis, privately arranged Private Hire Car services, limousine services, and paid-carpool services matched through licensed ride-hail platforms, five passengers are allowed, i.e. the driver will not be counted towards the 5-person cap.

  What if I go to the supermarket/convenience/F&B shop and there are too many people inside or in the queue for me to practise one-metre safe distancing?
A:

Please follow the instructions of the supermarket/shop staff on where and how to queue. Alternatively, you may wish to go to an alternate supermarket/shop if possible, or return to the store later when it is not so crowded.

 

What if someone outside my group comes close to me, less than one metre distance, in public spaces? Will enforcement action be taken against me?

A:

Members of public are required to keep a distance of at least one metre from other individuals or groups (according to the prevailing permissible group size) in public places (excluding in vehicles or public transport facilities).

Enforcement officers will assess the facts of each case carefully, including whether there are reasonable explanations for any compliance. We will not hesitate to take action against egregious breaches.

 

How will the Government check and enforce these measures? What are the penalties for individuals who flout the rules? Who can serve these enforcement penalties?

A:

These measures have been provided with the force of law under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act, and are enforceable across sectors and against individuals and businesses. This will be enforced strictly, for the protection of everyone.

Enforcement officers will be on the ground, and egregious breaking of these rules will lead to enforcement action under the Infectious Disease Act or the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act. The penalties for breaches are imprisonment for up to a term not exceeding 6 months or a fine not exceeding $10,000 or both, and (for a second offence under COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act) up to a term not exceeding 12 months or a fine not exceeding $20,000 or both.

 

There have been cases where frauds were acting as Safe Distancing Ambassadors. How do I verify if the enforcement officer is indeed appointed by the Government? Will I be expected to make payment for any penalties upfront?

A:

Safe-Distancing Ambassadors are deployed by various government agencies to help and guide businesses and individuals to comply with the safe distancing measures. They do not impose fines.

Enforcement Officers will not collect fines on the spot, from individuals and businesses who have contravened these rules. The penalties for breaches will be issued to individuals or businesses in the form of composition letters which will state the relevant follow up actions required.


Section 9: Business and commercial Entities


What are the Safe Management requirements for my company?

A: 

Details on the Safe Management measures for workplaces can be found at https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/requirements-for-safe-management-measures.

Sector-specific advisories can also be found at https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg/safemanagement/sector/

 

How do I know if my business is a permitted service?

A:

You may refer to the list of permitted services and FAQs on the https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg website.

You may also call the Enterprise Infoline at 6898-1800 from 8am to 8pm (Monday to Sunday).

 

What if my employer operates a non-permitted service but insists that I continue working on-site?

A:

You may report this to Covid_GoBusiness@mti.gov.sg.

 

What advice does MOH generally have for permitted enterprise workers who have to move around the island a lot?

A:

Reduce mixing with others wherever possible, and proceed directly from point to point without stopping or dawdling. Workers who are operating outside their home are required to wear a mask at all times.

 

What is TraceTogether-only SafeEntry? 

A:

TraceTogether-only SafeEntry is a national digital check-in system that logs the NRIC/FINs and contact information of individuals visiting workplaces of permitted enterprises, as well as selected public venues for contact tracing purposes. Please visit https://safeentry.gov.sg/ if you have questions about SafeEntry.


Section 10: Others


[Updated 21 Jun 21] How long will Phase Three (Heightened Alert - Stage 2) last for? After this Heightened Alert period ends, will we return to Phase Three?

A: The Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) had earlier announced a calibrated reopening to Phase 3 (Heightened Alert) starting with Stage 1 on Monday, 14 June 2021, and a further reopening with Stage 2 on Monday, 21 June 2021. The MTF would like to thank all Singaporeans and residents for their efforts in ensuring a safe and gradual transition. While the collective efforts of Singaporeans over the past few weeks have helped slow the chains of transmission, unlinked cases continue to emerge. These suggest that undetected community transmission persists. Hence, we must continue to exercise good hygiene habits, remain vigilant and carefully recalibrate our reopening to keep our community safe.

Due to the persistence of such undetected community transmission cases, we are calibrating our reopening plans. From 21 June 2021, higher-risk activities such as dining-in at F&B establishments and indoor mask-off sports/exercise will only be allowed to resume in group sizes of up to 2 persons, instead of up to 5 persons as previously announced. Concurrently, we will onboard staff in these settings as quickly as possible onto regular Fast and Easy Tests (FET), starting with using antigen rapid tests (ART). In the coming weeks, we will build up the capacity for FET, and expect a regular FET regime to be in place for those working in these settings by around mid-July. Hence, barring another superspreader event or big cluster, we will allow such activities to increase to group sizes of up to 5 persons from mid-July 2021 (date to be announced later).  

 

Why are we not implementing another Circuit Breaker?

A:

We are anxious to bring the infection under control so that we can all go back to some sort of a normal life.

But we are far from the conditions before Circuit Breaker last year. Compared with last year, unlinked cases are not many, we have high testing capacity, 30% of population has been fully vaccinated, and we have Trace Together. We are mindful the Phase 2 heightened measures have impacted many businesses, and the Government is committed to supporting them through this difficult time. Circuit Breaker is not a decision we should take lightly. We believe these latest sets of measures are already very stringent and will be able to arrest the latest spike in cases and bring the infection under control. As mentioned by the MTF Co-chairs earlier, we will review the situation in two weeks and introduce more or dial back the measures accordingly. If conditions require it, we will not hesitate to take decisive actions.


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