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Five things youth should know about the Phase 3 (Heightened Alert) measures

From increased group sizes to resumed sports classes, here are ways youth will be affected by the new Phase 3 (Heightened Alert) measures.

Celeste Lim

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Published: 10 June 2021, 5:27 PM

Almost a month after entering Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday (Jun 10) that Singapore will progressively ease its COVID-19 measures from Jun 14. 

Under the Phase 3 (Heightened Alert) measures, social gathering group sizes will be raised to five while event capacities will be increased. However, some measures such as dining-in at F&B establishments will only be allowed later. 

Here are five things you should know about the new COVID-19 measures.

1. Group sizes to be increased to five people

From Monday (Jun 14) onwards, the limit of social gatherings will be increased from two people to five people. 

Similarly, each household can receive up to five visitors a day, but households should limit their visitors to a small group of frequent contacts. 

MOH advised members of the public to limit their social gatherings to only two a day to prevent potential transmission.

2. Dining-in allowed from Jun 21 onwards

As food and beverage outlets are considered high-risk settings, eating at dining establishments will only be allowed from the next Monday (Jun 21) onwards. Groups will still be limited to five people.

 

Food and drinks will also be allowed in cinemas. PHOTO CREDIT: LAURA NYHUIS VIA UNSPLASH

 

As usual, customers should wear their masks at all times except when eating or drinking. F&B establishments should also observe 1m safe distancing between groups of diners.

3. Work from home remains the default

To reduce the risk of infections among the public, working from home will continue to be the default arrangement.

For employees who still have to return to the office, employers should stagger their start times and allow them to have flexible working hours. Employers are still not allowed to cross-deploy their workers to multiple worksites.

Here are some tips on how to work from home efficiently

4. Sports classes and activities to resume

Gyms and fitness studios will be able to resume indoors activities without masks from Jun 21 onwards. To ensure safe distancing, there has to be 2m between individuals and 3m between groups.

 

As per the rules, groups at sports classes must have a maximum of five people only. PHOTO CREDIT: GABIN VALLET VIA UNSPLASH

 

Both indoor and outdoor sports classes will be capped to a maximum of 30 people, including the instructor.

5. Increased event sizes

From Jun 14 onwards, the capacities for attractions, cruises, museums and public libraries will increase from 25 per cent to 50 per cent. 

Live performances and spectator sports will be allowed to resume. 

Similarly, events like movie screenings and worship services may resume with a maximum of 250 attendees. However, singing without a mask or playing wind instruments during live performances at worship services may only resume from Jun 21 onwards.

 

Attractions were previously at a capacity of only 25 per cent. PHOTO CREDIT: REAGAN TAN

 

From Jun 14, marriage solemnisations held in external venues can take place with up to 250 attendees – including the wedding couple, but excluding solemnisers and vendors. As for marriage solemnisations held in homes, up to five visitors or 10 attendees are allowed to attend.

Wedding receptions will be able to resume from Jun 21 onwards. 

Pre-event testing is required at all these events unless there are fewer than 50 attendees.


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