Singapore tightens movement restrictions, stops short of lockdown

Singapore's government takes steps to avoid second lockdown

Capacity at public facilities and social gatherings in Singapore will be reduced between May 8 and 30 as the city-state further tightens Covid-19 safety measures to counter a rising trend in community infections.

To minimise the likelihood of large cluster formations, the Singapore Ministry of Health will cut event sizes and require pre-event testing for events of certain sizes.

Singapore’s government takes steps to avoid second lockdown; Singapore skyline pictured

For MICE events and live performances, up to 250 people will be allowed, down from 750. In addition, pre-event testing will be required if there are more than 100 attendees. Tours will be able to accommodate a maximum of 20 people, down from 50.

Social and religious events such as weddings, funerals and worship services are also affected.

Operating capacity will be reduced from 65 per cent to 50 per cent at museums and public libraries, while companies must ensure that no more than 50 per cent of employees are at the workplace at any time, down from the current 75 per cent allowed capacity.

Meanwhile, only five people will be allowed to gather this month, reduced from previous groups of eight.

Co-chair of Singapore’s Covid-19 multi-ministry task force, Lawrence Wong, said at a press conference on May 4 that while the latest measures were not a lockdown, he did not rule out the possibility of taking such a tough measure should the situation worsen.

“If new unlinked cases continue to emerge in the coming days and weeks, then certainly, we will not hesitate to take even more stringent measures, even the possibility of having to enter another circuit breaker (lockdown) down the road,” he said.

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