TraceTogether not necessary at schools until all constituencies have received tokens

Students will not be refused entry to schools if they do not bring their TraceTogether token or do not have the TraceTogether app, said MOE.

Celeste Lim

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Published: 3 November 2020, 2:28 PM

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has updated its guidelines regarding the TraceTogether token or app for entry to schools.

Now, TraceTogether-only entry at schools will only be compulsory when everyone has had a chance to collect their TraceTogether tokens by the end of this year.

The new guidelines come in light of the TraceTogether tokens being distributed one constituency per day, instead of a few constituencies at a time. This change was made after long queues were reported at some community centres.

The guidelines also stated that students will not be refused entry to schools if they do not bring their TraceTogether token or do not have the TraceTogether app. Instead, staff members will assist them accordingly.

Previously, MOE’s guidelines had stated that TraceTogether would be compulsory at all schools and workplaces by December.

MOE’s new guidelines are now aligned with a statement released by the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO).

In the statement, the SNDGO noted that there is no need to collect the TraceTogether token if you already have access to the TraceTogether app on your phone.

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Currently, almost three million individuals are using TraceTogether, said Minister of Health Gan Kim Yong in a written response to a question about TraceTogether during a parliamentary debate. 

About 2.7 million have downloaded the app, and about 570,000 residents have collected the TraceTogether Token since community distribution started on Sep 14. 

“The effectiveness of TraceTogether increases as more users come onboard. Higher participation in the programme will give us greater confidence to move safely towards Phase 3 to further resume general economic and social activities,” Mr Gan added. 

To find out when and where you can collect your TraceTogether token, you can check the TokenGoWhere website.


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