Dine in groups of 10, no masks outdoors, alcohol 24/7: Singapore takes major steps towards post-Covid normalisation


Singapore has just taken several major steps towards normalisation in the wake of the Covid pandemic. Here are the 6 takeaways from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s speech this morning:

  • Group sizes have been doubled to 10 from 5
  • Masks are now optional outdoors
  • 75 percent of employees can return to the workplace
  • 75 percent capacity for events attended by more than 1,000 people
  • The current restriction on the sale and consumption of alcohol after 10.30pm at F&B outlets will be lifted
  •  Live performances can resume at all venues
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All 6 measures will come into effect on Tuesday, 29 March 2022.

The doubling of group sizes to 10 will have a major positive impact on the local dining scene. Mid-sized celebrations and gatherings are now back on the cards, a move that will be well-received by diners and proprietors alike.

This new rule also applies to hawker centres and coffee shops where full checks on vaccination-differentiated safe management measures (VDS) are implemented at their entrances, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

“To ease the operational burden for F&B operators, we will allow all F&B establishments to seat smaller groups of up to five fully vaccinated persons, without the need for full VDS checks at their entrance,” said MOH in a media release.

“Instead, random spot-checks will be done to ensure that only vaccinated persons are dining in at these places, and the onus will be on the dining-in individuals to abide by the rules.”


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I look back at all the missed celebrations and underwhelming gatherings of the past 2 years and shake my head. Here’s hoping the ‘new normal’ will be exactly like the ‘old normal’ we took for granted before.

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