“The pilot has shown that the ROs were able to enforce safe management measures such as ensuring clear segregation between zones and minimising intermingling between groups of up to five persons,” it added. Singapore must look at the vaccination, testing and safe management measures “holistically”, and make sure that it has “a full suite” of precautions and safeguards, said Mr Wong. "Within Phase 3 itself, we will be prepared to allow for further relaxation of the measures, be it for domestic activities within Singapore or with regard to our control measures at the borders,” said Mr Wong,  who co-chairs the task force. Households will also be allowed to receive up to eight visitors at any one time, said MOH. * All ticketed cultural, sports and entertainment events, with 250 participants or more, must be deferred or cancelled. Singapore's Richest. The first shipment is due to arrive in Singapore by the end of December, making the country one of the first to obtain the vaccine, he said. meREWARDS lets you get coupon deals, and earn cashback when you complete surveys, dine, travel and shop with our partners. “We will maintain the key measures, but we will see where we can make adjustments to allow further resumption of activities,” said Mr Gan. A view of modular cold storage rooms which can be temperature controlled to store the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines at dnata's cool chain facility in Singapore … * With immediate effect, Singapore will cease port calls for all cruise vessels. The COVID-19 pandemic in Singapore is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).The first case in Singapore was confirmed on 23 January. Copyright© Mediacorp 2020. Mediacorp Pte Ltd. All rights reserved. As Singapore moves towards Phase 3, the Government expects that the risk of infection will go up as more people are allowed to gather, said Mr Gan. Singapore may enter Phase 3 before the end of the year, said Minister for Education Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs the task force. “Despite vaccination, all the safe distancing measures must still continue to be observed, and we will continue to monitor the development in this area and we will adjust our safe management measures progressively as time goes on,” said Mr Gan. Copyright© Mediacorp 2020. While it protects the person who is vaccinated, evidence on whether it has protection against the transmission from the person who is vaccinated to another person is still being studied, he added. SINGAPORE: Social gatherings of up to eight people will be allowed when Singapore moves into Phase 3 of its reopening from Dec 28, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (Dec 14). Changes to the limit on either the size of social gatherings or event capacity are not likely to happen at the same time, Mr Gan emphasised. For marriage solemnisations in indoor venues, funerals and funerary-related activities, live instrumental music, with the exception of wind instruments, will be allowed with the necessary safe management measures in place, MOH said. The Government will continue to conduct pilots in some “higher-risk” activities and settings such as busking, live performances in outdoor venues, karaoke and nightlife. People who need a Covid-19 PCR test will be able to request one … PUTRAJAYA • Malaysians will be allowed to organise and attend social events - including wedding receptions, engagement parties, reunion gatherings and religious events - … I think we should consider this a privilege, not abuse it, and then continue our mindset of vigilance, of discipline and focus as long as possible, until we complete this fight against COVID-19.”. We might not be administering a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.”. As Singapore prepares to roll out COVID-19 vaccinations its striking success in controlling the virus is making some question whether they should take the jabs. A suspected COVID-19 case aboard a "cruise-to-nowhere" from Singapore which forced the ship to return to dock and nearly 1,700 guests to isolate … For congregational services, this means multiple zones of up to 50 people each. “We are now at a significant milestone and at a new phase of fighting the virus. The new measure is an experiment to improve enforcement of social distancing throughout Singapore as it contends with an alarming recent spike in cases. KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) has warned the public today to follow standard operating procedures (SOP) while attending social events, amid still rising Covid-19 cases in the country. SINGAPORE: In Phase 3 of Singapore’s COVID-19 reopening, social gatherings of up to eight people may be allowed outside the home, an increase from five … The coronavirus spreads primarily through droplets from your mouth and nose, especially when you cough or sneeze. SAFE MANAGEMENT MEASURES FOR EXPANSION OF MICE [1] EVENT PILOTS IN SINGAPORE. A patient at Healthway Medical's Downtown Gallery clinic getting swabbed for Covid-19. 4. This will allow ministries to “assess how these activities can take place and scale up safely”, said MOH. SINGAPORE: In Phase 3 of Singapore’s COVID-19 reopening, social gatherings of up to eight people may be allowed outside the home, an increase from five currently, Minister of Health Gan Kim Yong said on Tuesday (Oct 20). Border control measures may also be eased alongside more travel arrangements with other countries, he added. "It will entail new ways of working and living, until the world has the virus under tight control," said MOH. Safe distancing measures for the general population. But all our hard-won gains against COVID-19 will evaporate if we start to relax now.". They can also use their identity cards with barcodes, such as their NRICs, or Pioneer or Merdeka Generation cards. This service is not intended for persons residing in the EU. The key now is not to let our guard down and let our painstaking efforts of the past last few months go to waste. COVID-19: Social gatherings of up to 8 people allowed from Dec 28, further reopening of activities in Phase 3 READ: Singapore approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID … It looks like the email address you entered is not valid. There were five new coronavirus cases … "Phase 3 will also not be static. (PHOTO: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images) SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 12 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore as of Wednesday (16 December), taking the country’s total to 58,353. “And if so, then it’s an indication that the vaccine is effective. Travellers along the transit area of Changi International Airport in Singapore. Addressing questions on whether taking the vaccine will mean that one does not need to undergo pre-departure or post-arrival COVID-19 testing for travel, Mr Wong said the Government will take into account the fact that more people will be vaccinated next year and make adjustments accordingly. Philippines' Richest ... Understanding the social context of the Covid-19 spread will be essential to informed policy discussions. To protect yourself and others from transmission of COVID-19, you should make every attempt to cancel or avoid any gathering, and stay at least 6 feet away from anyone, whether in a large group or not. Authorities had thought about increasing the maximum group size to 10, but felt it would be difficult to implement safe distancing measures in public places such as restaurants if 10 people turned up, said Mr Gan, who co-chairs the task force. “Actually, Phase 3 … is a milestone that we are saying that we have now put in place reasonable (safety measures) to protect ourselves and we should continue to maintain these safeguards,” he added. All of these efforts, combined with good personal hygiene and social responsibility, can help to suppress the spread of COVID-19 in Singapore. Mr Gan stressed that while residents are looking forward to Phase 3, it will not be a return to normal. SINGAPORE: As Singapore battles the COVID-19 outbreak, all social gatherings of any size in both private and public spaces have been banned under a new Bill passed in … Additionally, the authorities will increase capacity limits for venues. Such enablers include small group sizes, continued safe distancing and mask-wearing, MOH added. Responding to questions about whether the vaccine will mean that safe management measures will change, Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong said Singapore has to be “quite careful” with the vaccination. Singapore has had 29 deaths from Covid-19 complications, while 15 who tested positive have died of other causes. Previously, a total of 10 people, including members of the household but excluding the solemniser and vendors, were allowed. READ: Singapore to start Phase 3 of COVID-19 reopening on Dec 28, READ: In full: PM Lee's address on the COVID-19 situation, READ: Watch: PM Lee addresses Singapore on COVID-19 situation, READ: TraceTogether adoption up to more than 60% as privacy concerns wane; users still bothered about battery drain, READ: Singapore approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, first shipment expected by end-December: PM Lee, READ: Data on Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine 'robustly and thoroughly reviewed', says HSA, BOOKMARK THIS: Our comprehensive coverage of the coronavirus outbreak and its developments. This is up from the current number of five, said the ministry in a press release that followed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's address to the nation, in which he described Singapore's move towards Phase 3 as a "calibrated, careful move". Early cases were primarily imported until local transmission began to develop in February and March. Eating and drinking should be avoided at these events as these activities require masks to be removed which raises the risk of COVID-19 transmission. It looks like the email address you entered is not valid. The new COVID-19 normal The Multi-Ministry Taskforce will continue to monitor the situation closely. For live performances in the arts and culture sector, up to 250 people will be allowed for indoor live performances, in zones of up to 50 people each, said the Health Ministry. Princeton Schools COVID Cases Linked to Social Events, Activities - Princeton, NJ - Private social gatherings and extracurricular activities outside of … TraceTogether-only SafeEntry, or where the TraceTogether app or token is needed for SafeEntry check-ins, will only be implemented early next year, MOH announced. We have all seen some close misses in the recent weeks where we’ve had cases of people with infection without realising it, get together multiple tables, and they could very well have formed large clusters,” said the Education Minister. Workplace events which are substantially recreational or social in nature (such as gala dinners, networking functions, company D&Ds) are currently not permitted. If it had, we would have had much larger outbreaks by now. “When can all of these measures take place? READ: Nightlife industry a 'higher risk' setting, activities unlikely to resume even at start of Phase 3: Lawrence Wong, READ: COVID-19: Singapore to pilot pre-event rapid testing from mid-October so more events can safely resume, READ: Singapore residents with COVID-19 symptoms on return can access government subsidies, insurance coverage for medical bills, BOOKMARK THIS: Our comprehensive coverage of the coronavirus outbreak and its developments. The coronavirus pandemic appears to have worsened conflict dynamics; it has also led to a United Nations Security Council resolution demanding a global ceasefire. A gathering refers to a planned or spontaneous event, indoors or outdoors, with … Events and gatherings. If we can put in place more enablers, there is scope for further reopening and scaling up of activities even within Phase 3.". “This would allow families with more than five persons to be able to get together and enjoy some face-to-face time that no amount of virtual interaction can replace,” Mr Gan said at a press conference by the COVID-19 multi-ministry task force. “For example, with vaccinations in place, and if travellers can show proof and certification or a vaccination, then the kind of test we administer might well vary because we would then want to test to make sure that the person has antibodies in response to the vaccine,” he added. The report itself claimed that the city-state had over 320,000 migrant workers living in cramped dormitories and around 47% or a little over 152,000 contracted Covid-19. Until TraceTogether-only SafeEntry is implemented, visitors can still use the app, SingPass mobile or QR reader apps to check in via SafeEntry. “So for now, please understand, a vaccine is not a ticket to freedom to do anything you want.”. SINGAPORE - Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong has hailed blended sporting events that incorporate virtual and physical elements, … The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic had immediate repercussions for Singapore’s MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) sector. With the festive season coming up, there may be groups of people who “let their guard down” and “get complacent”, he added. The capacity at events such as religious services and wedding receptions could be increased to allow up to 50 people each at multiple zones, depending on the size of the venue. The capacity for outdoor live performance pilots will be expanded from 100 people to 250 people to ensure that venues are still able to safely manage larger outdoor performances and “mitigate the gathering of peripheral crowds”, it added. In a media release, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said residents will have to be prepared to remain in Phase 3 for a "prolonged period" of possibly more than a year. “That means that the enforcement, the discipline, has to be strengthened and tightened, so that we can continue to contain the risk and keep the number of cases as low as possible, so that we can have a smooth and safe journey through Phase 3.”, Download our app or subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak: https://cna.asia/telegram​​​​​​. Currently, these events are limited to hosting up to 100 people, split into two zones of 50. For marriage solemnisations at home, the hosting household will be able to invite up to eight visitors in Phase 3, excluding members of the hosting household, the solemniser and vendors, said the Health Ministry. This is after everyone who wants a TraceTogether token has had a chance to collect it at a community club or community centre in their constituency, it added. There will be safe distancing ambassadors and other officers conducting their usual checks at the hotspots across Singapore, added Mr Wong. For malls and large standalone stores, the capacity limit will be increased from 10 square metres per person to eight square metres per person. Attractions may start applying to the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to increase their operating capacities from 50 per cent to up to 65 per cent, said the Health Ministry, adding that measures must continue to be put in place to prevent crowding in popular areas. Singapore turns a corner in Covid-19 fight but experts warn the battle is not over Coronavirus infections in the city state have steadily declined and 99 per cent of … Mediacorp Pte Ltd. All rights reserved. SINGAPORE - One Championship's Collision Course event at the Indoor Stadium will proceed as scheduled on Friday (Dec 18) night despite one of the athletes involved testing positive for Covid … Singapore COVID-19: Social gatherings of up to 8 people allowed from Dec 28, further reopening of activities in Phase 3 This service is not intended for persons residing in the EU. “It’s a reminder to everyone, let’s take this seriously. The pilot project is … “It’s carefully calibrated to allow us to begin or resume more activities. Religious organisations have been piloting increased capacity and the allowance of live music for congregational and other worship services since Oct 3, said the ministry. “Because it is a festive period, there’s a tendency to get into a celebratory mood, and all the more the risk of complacency sets in,” he said, urging Singaporeans to be vigilant and continue with safe management measures. That is the big question and the answer is that it really depends on all of us, because if we work together, cooperate and comply with the requirements and the measures, then we can keep community transmission rates low,” he said at the press conference. The capacity for congregational and other worship services will be increased to up to 250 people, said the Health Ministry. Live performances have been allowed to resume since Nov 1 and some venues have been piloting larger-scale performances, MOH said in the press release. “It depends on the situation and depends also on the various pilots that we are carrying out at the moment.”. On March 23, 2020, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres issued an appeal for a global ceasefire as part of the United Nations' response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Guiding Principles. We may adjust the group size first or we may adjust the larger-scale activities,” Mr Gan said, urging people not to expect "a big bang” when Phase 3 begins. “We will need to assess the effectiveness of the vaccine, not just in protecting yourself which we already know but to the extent to which the vaccine will help reduce transmission risk ... before we can then look at it holistically and see what sort of adjustments can be made in the other safe management measures,” he added. The number of community cases is expected to increase as the country moves towards Phase Three, with more social and economic activities resuming. As of 8:00 p.m. on March 26, 2020, Governor Lamont has prohibited social and recreational gatherings of … By clicking subscribe, I agree to receive news updates and promotional material from Mediacorp and Mediacorp's partners. Updated 3 November 2020. Best Practices for Singapore-Registered Ships to Minimise Risk of … Singapore is taking more risks moving into Phase 3, but it is a “calculated risk”, said Mr Wong. Hosting the forum is a PR coup for Singapore, but as the shelved travel bubble with Hong Kong shows, Covid-19 fortunes are fickle and an international event is a ‘high stakes event’. meREWARDS lets you get coupon deals, and earn cashback when you complete surveys, dine, travel and shop with our partners. “But the silver lining is that over these few months, we have incorporated many of these good habits in our daily routine and have adapted our social norms and behaviour. Singapore Was Ready for Covid-19—Other Countries, Take Note After SARS and H1N1, Singapore built a robust system for tracking and containing epidemics. ", Download our app or subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak: https://cna.asia/telegram. The coronavirus has turned our lives upside down; as a result of which a number of new regulations are expected, which must be complied with in order to be able to live a social life in the future. By clicking subscribe, I agree to receive news updates and promotional material from Mediacorp and Mediacorp's partners. 1. Its director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham wrote in a statement explaining that several new Covid-19 clusters have emerged from social events that did not adhere to the restrictions … “Fortunately, that did not happen. “If the local COVID-19 situation remains stable and we are able to deploy more of our enablers to allow more activities to resume safely, the multi-ministry task force will consider allowing further resumption of activities over the course of Phase 3,” the press release read. Live performance elements will also be allowed at congregational and other worship services, as well as religious rites or prayers conducted at places of worship, with the necessary safe management measures in place, said MOH in the press release. Speaking about the impact that the pandemic first had on the MICE industry, Veemal Gungadin, CEO of GlobalSign.in, a technology provider for events quipped: “In a matter of just a few weeks, we had all our physical events either cancelled or postponed … Singapore will enter Phase 3 of its COVID-19 reopening on Dec 28. The Prime Minister also announced on Monday that the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has approved the COVID-19 vaccine developed by US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German firm BioNTech. On December 14, 2020 Singapore’s Ministry of Health communicated a summary of the steps it took to contain a raging Covid-19 breakout in its migrant worker living facilities. Speaking at a COVID-19  multi-ministry task force press conference on Monday, Minister for Education Lawrence Wong said authorities may further ease measures within Phase 3. Since 1 October 2020, STB has been accepting applications for Event Organisers and Event Venues (collectively “EOs”)[2] to pilot MICE events of up to 5 zones of 50 attendees (250 pax) with attendees to be divided into cohorts of 20.2. “Some of these measures may be implemented progressively. Similarly, households may receive up to eight visitors. This would have raised the risk of transmissions, whereas a group size of eight is “probably more manageable,” he added. So let’s not take this lightly, it is quite serious.”, EFFECT OF VACCINES ON SAFE MANAGEMENT MEASURES. All 12 are imported cases and there are no new local transmissions. “On the other hand, if we let our guard down and new clusters emerge, then this timeline will have to be pushed back, and we do not know when we can resume,” he cautioned. Individuals are encouraged to experiment with innovative approaches for the commemoration of such key life events, such as having hybrid virtual-physical events, so that we can continue to protect our family and loved ones as much as possible. SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A passenger aboard a Royal Caribbean 'cruise-to-nowhere' from Singapore has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing all guests to be quarantined in their cabins and the Quantum of the Seas ship to return to dock on Wednesday.
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