Groups of five dine-in to start on 12 July, wedding receptions can resume

SINGAPORE — Groups of up to five persons will be able to dine-in at food & beverage places from Monday (12 July), Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said on Wednesday.

Wong, co-chair of the multi-ministry taskforce on COVID-19, made the announcement at a virtual doorstop interview.

The move is aligned with the social gathering group size allowed today.

“Dining-in remains a higher-risk activity because many people are unmasked and in close proximity with one another. Hence entertainment at F&B establishments, e.g. live entertainment, recorded music, and videos/TV screening, will continue to be prohibited in order to reduce the expulsion of droplets from individuals having to raise their voices over the entertainment,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Wedding receptions may resume from next Monday, with no more than 250 persons allowed with Pre-Event Testing (PET). For wedding receptions with 50 persons or less, PET will be required for the wedding party only.

Gyms and fitness studios may conduct indoor mask-off sports/ exercise activities in group sizes of up to five persons, similar to indoor mask-on and outdoor activities. Sports and exercise classes can continue in groups of no more than five persons, in classes of up to 50 persons including the instructor, or the capacity limit of the venue, whichever is lower.

Work-from-home will remain the default arrangement. Employers are reminded to ensure the practice continues, and for employees that need to come to the workplace, to stagger their start times and implement flexible working hours.

Social and recreational gatherings at the workplace will be allowed but must be limited to a total size of no more than five persons.

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