Posted on 3/11/2020 by Paula Formantes
With the consideration of community cases staying low and intensification of testing and contact tracing, Singapore may enter phase three by the end of 2020.
This will include the size of gatherings outside homes increased from 5 to 8 people, which also applies to home visits.
Capacity limits may be increased in venues such as museums, places of worship, and wedding receptions with multiple zones of 50 people permitted.
Despite entering phase three, Singapore has to keep its guard up and meet several key conditions:
- Stick to safe distancing measures: small group sizes, safe distancing, exercising social responsibility
- Testing will be carried out on a larger scale to allow more activities to resume. Such as: Getting tested for Covid-19 before allowing to attend an event which is the pilot scheme-also in the process of fine-tuning.
- More venues will be required to check in to SafeEntry using the TraceTogether application or tokens.
However, from all these places reopening, the nightlife settings deemed as higher risk – such as bars, karaoke lounges, and nightclubs are likely to remain closed even at the start of phase three.
Phase three will likely be set in place for a prolonged period, potentially more than a year, we as Singaporeans, have to entail the new ways of working and living until the world has the virus under control. But, if more enablers are in place, further reopening and scaling up of activities will be available.
We have to cooperate as Singaporeans to the existing measures and keep the transmission rates low to enter phase three by the end of this year.
It is likely that this is a long fight and not something that can be overcome within a few months, by adjusting to the new normal and continuing to be vigilant, it will allow progressive reopening and resuming of activities safely.
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