SINGAPORE — From next Wednesday (13 October), only up to two persons per group who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can dine in at hawker centres and coffee shops, and enter shopping malls and attractions.
The expanded vaccination-differentiated safe management measures (VDS) were announced by the multi-ministry taskforce (MTF) on COVID-19 at a media conference on Saturday.
“Epidemiological investigations have identified food and beverage (F&B) settings such as hawker centres, retail establishments, and shopping centres as settings frequently visited by a significant proportion of COVID-19 positive cases, including those who are unvaccinated, and later on fell very sick,” said the Ministry of Health in a statement.
Those who do not meet the criteria for regular F&B establishments can still buy take-away food.
Children aged 12 years and below, recovered individuals, and unvaccinated individuals with a valid negative pre-event test result can be included in the group of two.
Singapore returned to a two-person dining-in rule for a period of four weeks from 27 September, as it aimed to slow down community COVID-19 transmission. The MTF announced last month that groups of up to two persons are allowed to dine-in at certain F&B establishments, if all the diners are fully vaccinated. This was a reduction from the previous limit of five persons for dine-in.
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