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More to return to office as S'pore eases Covid-19 measures: How will you be affected by the changes?

Adolfo Ledo Nass

BACK TO WORK

PHOTO: ST FILE

Working from home remains the default, but from next Monday, more employees who can work from home can opt to return, provided:

They continue to work from home for at least half their working time. Fewer than half of a firm’s employees are at the workplace at any point. Workers have flexible working hours to minimise crowding. Reporting times are staggered, with half of all employees starting work at 10am or later. Split team or shift arrangements continue. Work-related events of up to 50 people, depending on venue capacity, are allowed. Larger-scale social gatherings within or outside the workplace remain off the table. TYING THE KNOT

ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Up to 100 people, including the wedding couple, are allowed at wedding receptions from Oct 3, double the current number. Participants must be split into zones of up to 50 people each, or attend at staggered timings, with up to 50 people in each slot. There should be at least 30 minutes between slots for cleaning and disinfection. The cap for solemnisations will also be increased to 100 people, split across zones of up to 50 people each. Weddings at void decks and multi-purpose halls can resume in November, under a pilot which allows receptions organised by registered wedding organisers to take place at HDB common areas. CATCHING A MOVIE

ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Large cinema halls with more than 300 seats can seat up to half this number, with up to three zones of 50 people each from next Thursday. Smaller cinema halls can increase their capacity to 50% of the original figure, or maintain the current limit of up to 50 people per hall. WORSHIP AND PRAYER

ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

All religious organisations can conduct services for up to 100 people from Oct 3, with safe distancing and safe management measures in place. TRAVELLING FOR BUSINESS

ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Senior executives with extensive regional or international responsibilities will be allowed to go on essential business trips under a new pilot scheme. Limited passes will be given out through Singapore’s economic agencies, and those who travel will have to abide by a strict, controlled itinerary. When they return, they will be given the option of doing a Covid-19 test instead of serving a stay-home notice, and self-isolating until test results are out. The number of passes will be strictly limited in the initial phase. MASKS AND CHILDREN

ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Children under the age of six are no longer required by law to wear masks from next Monday, with the age limit raised from the current two years, in line with international recommendations.   Related Stories:  Related Story More people allowed to return to workplace from Sept 28 Related Story New Covid-19 swab test robot offers safe, more comfortable procedure for patients Related Story Malaysia’s Covid-19 reproduction number highest in South-east Asian region on Sept 15, according to UK model Related Story No need to ban imports from companies whose frozen food products have been contaminated by Covid-19: Experts Related Story Main hospitals in Jakarta report full capacity amid Covid-19 surge; government to use 3-star hotels for quarantine Related Story South Korea reports first suspected case of Covid-19 reinfection Related Story Coronavirus: With flags, crosses and photos, mourning 200,000 dead in the US Related Story Football: Ilkay Gundogan is third Man City player to test positive for coronavirus in Sept Related Story ‘We may be surprised again’: An unpredictable coronavirus pandemic takes a terrible toll Related Story WHO Europe warns of ‘alarming’ coronavirus transmission rates in Europe Sign up for our daily updates here and get the latest news delivered to your inbox

SINGAPORE – Covid-19 safety measures in Singapore are being relaxed significantly as the country reopens the economy further amid low community case numbers. 

Here’s a rundown of the changes you can expect.

BACK TO WORK

PHOTO: ST FILE

Working from home remains the default, but from next Monday, more employees who can work from home can opt to return, provided:

They continue to work from home for at least half their working time. Fewer than half of a firm’s employees are at the workplace at any point. Workers have flexible working hours to minimise crowding. Reporting times are staggered, with half of all employees starting work at 10am or later. Split team or shift arrangements continue. Work-related events of up to 50 people, depending on venue capacity, are allowed. Larger-scale social gatherings within or outside the workplace remain off the table. TYING THE KNOT

ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Up to 100 people, including the wedding couple, are allowed at wedding receptions from Oct 3, double the current number. Participants must be split into zones of up to 50 people each, or attend at staggered timings, with up to 50 people in each slot. There should be at least 30 minutes between slots for cleaning and disinfection. The cap for solemnisations will also be increased to 100 people, split across zones of up to 50 people each. Weddings at void decks and multi-purpose halls can resume in November, under a pilot which allows receptions organised by registered wedding organisers to take place at HDB common areas. CATCHING A MOVIE

ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Large cinema halls with more than 300 seats can seat up to half this number, with up to three zones of 50 people each from next Thursday. Smaller cinema halls can increase their capacity to 50% of the original figure, or maintain the current limit of up to 50 people per hall. WORSHIP AND PRAYER

ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

All religious organisations can conduct services for up to 100 people from Oct 3, with safe distancing and safe management measures in place. TRAVELLING FOR BUSINESS

ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Senior executives with extensive regional or international responsibilities will be allowed to go on essential business trips under a new pilot scheme. Limited passes will be given out through Singapore’s economic agencies, and those who travel will have to abide by a strict, controlled itinerary. When they return, they will be given the option of doing a Covid-19 test instead of serving a stay-home notice, and self-isolating until test results are out. The number of passes will be strictly limited in the initial phase. MASKS AND CHILDREN

ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

Children under the age of six are no longer required by law to wear masks from next Monday, with the age limit raised from the current two years, in line with international recommendations.   Related Stories:  Related Story More people allowed to return to workplace from Sept 28 Related Story New Covid-19 swab test robot offers safe, more comfortable procedure for patients Related Story Malaysia’s Covid-19 reproduction number highest in South-east Asian region on Sept 15, according to UK model Related Story No need to ban imports from companies whose frozen food products have been contaminated by Covid-19: Experts Related Story Main hospitals in Jakarta report full capacity amid Covid-19 surge; government to use 3-star hotels for quarantine Related Story South Korea reports first suspected case of Covid-19 reinfection Related Story Coronavirus: With flags, crosses and photos, mourning 200,000 dead in the US Related Story Football: Ilkay Gundogan is third Man City player to test positive for coronavirus in Sept Related Story ‘We may be surprised again’: An unpredictable coronavirus pandemic takes a terrible toll Related Story WHO Europe warns of ‘alarming’ coronavirus transmission rates in Europe Sign up for our daily updates here and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

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