As Singapore eases into reopening, here is a list of all the important dates and steps taking place.
Apart from the current active Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) with Singapore – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, the newest addition, Malaysia, is included in the upcoming list.
21st November – End of Stabilisation Phase
22nd November onwards – Start of Transition Phase: Dine in at F&B establishments and social gatherings allowed for up to 5 pax (fully vaccinated). In-person visits to hospitals and nursing homes are also allowed for fully vaccinated individuals. Work from home remains the default.
For those holding a wedding, the wedding couple can be without a mask throughout the reception or solemnisation. There can be dancing by the couple and singing by up to 10 people at the wedding reception, while ensuring 2m safe distancing from other guests present.
In order to proceed with such activities, the wedding couple and individuals involved will be required to take a supervised antigen rapid test (ART) or possess a valid pre-event test result within 24 hours prior to the wedding event.
The Jobs Support Scheme from 22nd November to 19th December will be reduced to 10% from the previous 25% for the following: art galleries, cinemas, family entertainment establishments, F&B, gyms and fitness studios, historical sites, museums, performing arts and arts education, retail and tourism.
Rental waivers for cooked food and market stallholders in centres managed by the National Environment Agency (NEA) will be decreased to half a month as compared to the previous one month.
23rd November onwards – Up to five pax (fully vaccinated) dine in at hawker centres and coffee shops, but only if they have implemented vaccination checks. Otherwise, only two fully vaccinated individuals can dine in together.
Unvaccinated persons are not allowed to dine in, only takeaways allowed.
Unvaccinated children aged 12 and below can be included in groups of five people dining in but only if they are all from the same household.
24th November onwards – Eligible individuals of different ages can get their booster doses from five months after completing their first set of doses from this date. They will receive an SMS invitation to proceed.
29th November onwards – Opening of VTL with Malaysia, starting with Kuala Lumpur (KL). The land borders from Singapore to Johor Bahru (JB) are likely to reopen around this date too, discussions are currently ongoing.
1st December onwards – People who are medically ineligible to take the COVID-19 vaccination can also be included for dining in at hawkers and coffee shops. Granted entry to libraries and selected Community Centre activities for the fully vaccinated. The Covid-19 Driver Relief Fund payout for taxi and private-hire car drivers will be at $10 per vehicle per day.
January 2022 – The Covid-19 Driver Relief Fund payout for taxi and private-hire car drivers will be at $5 per vehicle per day.
These measures in place will be closely monitored, if it continues to be stable, Singapore will “consider the next series of moves” towards end-December, said co-chair of the Multi-Ministry Taskforce on COVID-19 Mr Lawrence Wong.