COVID-19: Details of further exemptions from wearing masks released

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
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People in face masks posing for photos on their way to the supermarket or bank, on day nine of the "circuit breaker" measures to curb the COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore on 15 April, 2020. (PHOTO: Reuters)
People in face masks posing for photos on their way to the supermarket or bank, on day nine of the "circuit breaker" measures to curb the COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore on 15 April, 2020. (PHOTO: Reuters)

SINGAPORE — Individuals travelling in the same vehicle are exempted from wearing masks during their journey if they live together at the same residence.

Those who are required not to wear masks or need to don other equipment while on the job, such as diving or welding, are exempted too.

These exceptions and more were detailed in an online notice on the Government Gazette early Wednesday morning (15 April), in an update to the COVID-19 Temporary Measures Act.

This comes hours after authorities announced the mandatory wearing of a face mask while going out for most, with exceptions to the rule including children below the age of two, individuals excused from wearing masks on medical grounds, and those engaging in any strenuous physical exercise.

Those who do not comply will first be fined $300 for their first offence and $1,000 for the second offence. Offenders may face prosecution in court for egregious cases.

According to the online notice, other exemptions include when an individual is being lawfully directed to remove a mask in order to be identified and while he or she is travelling in a vehicle alone.

The notice also defined a face mask as “any paper, textile or plastic covering designed or made to be worn over the nose and mouth to provide the wearer protection against infections or air pollution”.

“Every individual must wear a mask over the individual’s nose and mouth at all times when the individual is not in his or her ordinary place of residence,” it added.

To date, Singapore has 3,252 cases of the virus, of which 611 have fully recovered while 10 have died. The largest cluster of 718 cases is linked to S11 Dormitory@Punggol.

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