The good news we’ve all been eagerly awaiting is here—the Multi-Ministry Task Force (MTF) announced that up to five fully vaccinated persons from the same household will be allowed to dine-in together at F&B establishments from 10 November 2021 onwards.
Establishments that are able to administer comprehensive Vaccine Differentiated Safe Management Measure checks will be able to host families of up to five people, although the group dine-in size will remain at two pax if diners are not from the same household. This qualifier includes children younger than 12 years old who remain unvaccinated.
Additionally, F&B establishments will now be permitted to play recorded music on speakers.
Hawker centres and coffee shops are excluded
Unfortunately, the Vaccine Differentiated Safe Management Measure checks will not include neighbourhood coffee shops and hawker centres, which are unable to conduct and implement comprehensive checks on diners from the same household.
Don’t lose hope yet, because the same concession will be extended to hawker centres and coffee shops once the authorities have put in place additional control measures to ensure the health and safety of all diners.
We’ve all been eagerly awaiting the lifting of dine-in restrictions, but this warning goes out to everyone who’s eagerly texting their family group chat—strict enforcement actions will be taken against individuals who flout the rules by deceiving F&B establishments or pretending to be from the same household.
Along the same lines, F&B establishments that are negligent or fail to implement the necessary measures will also face repercussions. Fines will be imposed upon individuals if they are found to be of a different household, and the F&B establishment will be subject to an immediate closure, even for first-time offenders.
Per the previous dining restrictions, only two vaccinated people will be allowed to eat together if they are not from the same household. For those who are unvaccinated, a negative test will be required.
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