15. December 2020
Singapore to re-Open in Phase 3 on December 28 2020
The fight against the Covid-19 virus goes on! The glorious and bright Phase 3 of Singapore’s reopening will begin on Dec 28, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced on Monday, December 14th.
Rules to observe in Phase 3 Opening of Singapore
Social parties of up to eight individuals will be permitted in public, up from five presently. Likewise, families can receive up to eight visitors.
“So eight people may dine out together, or see someone’s house. This can make it much easier to maintain family get-togethers throughout the festive period," stated Mr. Lee at a televised address to the country. He added that Singapore will also facilitate potential limitations in public places such as airports, attractions, and places of worship.
“Due to your efforts, we’re now prepared to progress to the next stage,” said Mr Lee. “Phase 3 will begin in two weeks’ time, on Dec 28, so we’ll finish the year with some good news.” However, the Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong urged citizens not to let down their guard, as COVID-19 is"probably still circulating quietly within our neighborhood”.
“Each of us wants to play our role. By all means, use the higher limitations and reconnect with family and friends, but please don’t leave the mindset of watchfulness and caution,” Mr. Lee said. “This isn’t the time to relax and let our guard down or to maintain a major celebration, imagining that the issue has vanished.”
“The COVID-19 virus has not been eradicated. There is a long way to go.” Lee Hsien Loong also noted.
Phase 3 re-opening is a calibrated, cautious move
Mr. Lee explained that progressing from Phase 2 to Phase 3 is a “calibrated, cautious move”, and also the Government is easing constraints in a controlled method to maintain the COVID-19 scenario secure. He urged everybody to continue to collaborate with the government, and comply with all the rules and limitations in Phase 3. Singapore must survive this challenge and build back better for the sake of humanity.
How are the restrictions changing in Phase 3
All churches and other spiritual organizations will be permitted to increase their capacity of congregational and other worship services to around 250 persons in segments of up to 50 each. Live performance “services” will likewise be permitted in areas of worship together with the required safe management measures in place.
The limitations of square meters per person in Singapore’s malls and other shopping venues, will not be reduced, but rather reduced. That will allow larger groups of shoppers to visit these venues at the same time.
Singapore’s attractions venues are able now to request an increase in capacity from 50 percent to 65 percent.
Limits on gatherings at live performances for culture and arts in indoor places will also be raised to around 250 individuals with a number of zones at 50 each. For outside places, there will be live operation pilots for as many as 250 people in zones of around 50 persons each.
Singapore Mandatory TraceTogether Program postponed until 2021
Singapore is definitely on top of the game when it comes to track and trace programs. The experts are working on bringing the long-awaited TraceTogether app which will be mandatory at all public venues in 2020.
Apparently, the delay is due to a decision to allow the individuals to collect tokens from their local community clubs and centers.
Currently, there are other ways to check-in at certain public events: with SafeEntry by scanning QR codes with a smartphone, using Singapore NRIC or via SingPass Mobile App. These methods won’t be available any longer once the TraceTogether app is introduced.