Five things to note in Phase 3 of Singapore’s reopening

Phase 3 officially kicks off today and here’s what you need to know.

Phoon Jia Hui

Jack of all trades, master of drinking boba milk tea.

Published: 28 December 2020, 2:22 PM

Phase 3 of Singapore’s reopening officially began on Monday (Dec 28) with various restrictions being eased in the country. 

Here are five things to note:

1. Increase in group size for gatherings

In Phase 3, groups of up to eight will be allowed for social gatherings – an increase from the five previously. This means you can eat out in groups of eight, with households being able to host up to eight visitors too. 

Capacity limits in public places like malls, attractions and places of worship will also be eased from 10 square metres per person to 8 square metres per person. 

Additionally, attractions may start applying to the Singapore Tourism Board to increase their operating capacity from 50 per cent to 65 per cent.

2. TraceTogether app and token entry to be rolled out in 2021

To allow time for everyone to collect their tokens from community clubs and centres, the implementation of the TraceTogether app and token as the exclusive mode of entry will only start early next year. 

Until then, you can still use your TraceTogether app, identity cards, SingPass mobile or QR reader apps to check in to places islandwide.

Singapore has reached the 70 per cent mark for TraceTogether usage as at Dec 21, a condition set to enter Phase 3.  

3. Up to 250 persons allowed for indoor live performances

As part of Phase 3, indoor live performances of up to 250 persons in zones of 50 persons each will be allowed. 

This comes after live performances in the arts and culture sector have been allowed to resume since Nov 1. Selected venues have been piloting larger-scale performances of up to 250 persons and outdoor performances of up to 100 persons.

Meanwhile, the multi-ministry taskforce will be expanding outdoor live performance pilots to 250 persons in zones of up to 50 persons each.

4. Increase in participants at sports activities

Sports activities involving up to eight persons will be allowed in Phase 3, said Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong in a Facebook post on Dec 24. 

This means that team sports such as basketball, football, futsal, hockey and volleyball can now resume with a 4 v 4 format. Individuals should, however, maintain a distance of two metres or two arms-length while exercising or playing sport.

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5. COVID-19 vaccines

The Ministry of Health announced on Dec 27 that the country’s vaccination exercise will begin on Wednesday (Dec 30) with healthcare workers at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. 

This will be followed by the elderly aged 70 and above next February, before other Singaporeans and long-term residents who are medically eligible follow suit.

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