Mask-wearing no longer needed on public transport from Feb 13; DORSCON level to be lowered to green

The Multi-Ministry Task Force will stand down from Monday (Feb 13).

Nigel Chin

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Published: 9 February 2023, 12:23 PM

Commuters on public transport will no longer be required to wear a mask from next Monday (Feb 13), authorities announced on Thursday (Feb 9). 

The Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) will also be lowered to green – the lowest tier – while the Multi-Ministry Task Force for COVID-19 will be stood down. 

Members of the public can uninstall their TraceTogether app, and the Government will no longer require those infected to submit their TraceTogether data. 

All identifiable SafeEntry and TraceTogether data has been deleted by the Ministry of Health from its servers and databases too. 

An exercise for the return of TraceTogether tokens will take place from Feb 13 to Mar 12, at all 108 community clubs in Singapore. 

Mask-wearing will still be required at healthcare and residential care settings, including hospital wards, clinics and nursing homes. 

COVID-19 vaccinations will still remain free for those eligible, such as Singapore citizens, permanent residents, long-term pass holders and some short-term pass holders. But treatment for COVID-19 and its complications will no longer be fully subsidised from April.

From Monday, Singapore will also scrap all COVID-19 border measures. Non-vaccinated travellers entering Singapore will no longer have to take a pre-departure test.

MOH added that it will stand down its Protocols 1-2-3 for those who test positive for COVID-19. Under its new general advisory, those who feel unwell and have Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) symptoms should see a doctor. 

Those with mild symptoms are advised to stay at home until the symptoms resolve. 

For those with symptoms but need to head out, or those who test positive and are asymptomatic, they should exercise social responsibility by minimising social interactions, wearing a mask and avoiding crowded places.

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