Most still seen with masks on, larger crowds at CBD: Observations as new COVID-19 measures kick in on Mar 29
While the changes in measures have rolled in, much of the situation on the ground seems to remain unchanged.
Singapore’s biggest move in its advancement to an endemic phase has arrived, with major changes to COVID-19 measures taking effect today (Mar 29).
In the announcement made by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Mar 24, the decisions were made as the weekly infection growth rate since the beginning of the month had maintained below 1.00.
Prominent changes to the measures are the increment of social gathering sizes from five to 10 and optional mask-wearing in outdoor settings.
As promised by the Ministry of Health in its media release on Mar 24, F&B establishments like hawker centres and markets have removed temporary fencing as well as entry point checks on diners’ vaccination status.
Though mask-wearing has formally been made optional, it appears that the situation remains unchanged especially in older housing estates like those that surround Boon Lay Shopping Centre.
However, in districts with office workers like Buona Vista, many embrace the option to mask off, even heading outdoors in larger groups.
Even as Singapore commemorates a major milestone in its COVID-19 journey, Mr Lee also urged Singaporeans to exercise personal and social responsibility.
Other changes that have kicked in include the increased capacity limits for larger events from 50 per cent to 75 per cent and the establishment of the vaccinated travel framework and the lifted 10.30pm alcohol ban.