Singapore to ease COVID restrictions on F&B establishments, live performances

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COVID restrictions at F&B establishments will soon be eased in Singapore. (Photo: Joseph Nair/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
COVID restrictions at F&B establishments will soon be eased in Singapore. (Photo: Joseph Nair/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Restrictions on food and beverage (F&B) establishments imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 will be eased from Tuesday (29 March) amid a steady decline in the number of daily local cases, said the multi-ministry taskforce (MTF) tackling the pandemic.

Groups of up to 10 fully vaccinated persons will be allowed to dine-in at F&B establishments, including hawker centres and coffee shops.

Current restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol at F&B establishments after 10.30pm will also be lifted.

Meanwhile, live performances will be allowed to resume at all venues, including F&B establishments. Outdoor live performances and busking will also be allowed to resume.

Restrictions on the screening of live broadcast programmes and recorded entertainment in F&B establishments will likewise be lifted.

"While the workload of our healthcare workers remains high with the increase in non-COVID-19 admissions, our overall conditions have improved significantly," said the MTF in a press release.

"We are now in a position to make a significant move to ease our community SMMs (Safe Management Measures), and make further progress towards living with COVID-19."

The authorities are also looking into the safe resumption of nightlife businesses, comprising bars, pubs, karaoke establishments, discotheques and nightclubs.

The Ministries of Trade and Industry, and Home Affairs will provide an update on the re-opening of the sector in the coming weeks, said the MTF.

Vocalisation activities, large-scale social events allowed to resume

From next Tuesday, vocalisation activities such as congregational singing and chanting, spectator cheering at events and singing in general settings will be allowed, subject to masks being worn throughout the activity.

Large-scale social events such as gala dinners, corporate dinner-and-dance events, birthday celebrations and anniversaries will be allowed to resume, while adhering to the new safe management measures.

This means there should be no more than 10 persons per table, and one-metre safe distancing is maintained between tables. Participants should also limit their interactions to the same group they are seated with.

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