Unvaccinated individuals allowed to gather in groups of up to five for private worships from Feb 1

Under the new restrictions, VDS will be required for congregations, worship and solemnizations regardless of group size.

Alicia Ang

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Published: 27 January 2022, 12:50 PM

Starting from Feb 1, unvaccinated individuals can attend private worship sessions in groups of up to five. This is part of a new set of restrictions regarding worship and marriage solemnization. 

The new restrictions state that these unvaccinated individuals must be masked at all times, and can interact with a fully-vaccinated religious worker provided there’s at least 1m safe distancing between the group and the worker.

Vaccination Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS) will be put in place regardless of group size for worship, congregations and marriage solemnization. 

From Feb 1, congregations and worship services can have up to 1,000 people in zones of 100 people or less. Workers and worshippers must still be fully vaccinated to attend. 

Up to 50 people can be present for religious classes, including staff, without VDS. All other religious activities will be subjected to VDS.

Performers who wish to unmask during worship services and congregations must test negative for COVID-19, including performers who play wind instruments. Up to 20 people conducting the worship service can be unmasked at any one time.

Their religious organisation must record all unmasked individuals and their ART test results.

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