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COVID-19 group size limit to be removed in Singapore, all employees can return to the workplace from Apr 26

The country will lower its DORSCON level from Orange to Yellow for the first time in more than two years.

SINGAPORE: There will no longer be limits on group sizes or a requirement for safe distancing from Apr 26 as Singapore moves to further ease COVID-19 measures.

All employees may also return to the workplace from Apr 26, an increase from the current limit of 75 per cent of those who can work from home.

That is also when the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level will be lowered from Orange to Yellow for the first time in more than two years. 

The DORSCON framework, which gives an indication of the current disease situation, was raised to Orange on Feb 7, 2020.

With COVID-19 cases falling and stabilising in Singapore, the “time is right” to lower it to Yellow, co-chair of the task force Gan Kim Yong at a press conference on Friday (Apr 22).

“Under DORSCON Yellow, each of us must continue to comply with the safe management measures and exercise social responsibility. This means that if you are unwell, we should really stay home. We must also maintain good personal hygiene and adhere to health advisories,” said Mr Gan, who is the Trade and Industry Minister. 


With the easing of restrictions, it will no longer be a requirement to keep to a group size of 10 from Apr 26.

The cap on the number of unique visitors per household will similarly be lifted, said co-chair of the task force Lawrence Wong. The current limit is also 10 visitors per household at any one time. 

The capacity limit of 75 per cent for mask-on events with more than 1,000 people will also be removed.

However, this capacity limit will remain at nightlife establishments where there is dancing among patrons because it is considered a higher-risk activity, said Mr Wong. 


Mask-wearing will continue to be required indoors, including on public transport, and optional outdoors.

At the workplace, however, employees will be allowed to remove their masks when they are not interacting physically with others and when they are not in customer-facing areas, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in a separate press release.

This means that employees at their work stations in the office will be allowed to take off their masks, Mr Wong said.

“Because it will be very hard to be back at work throughout the day and then wearing a mask and working. And therefore this flexibility is extended for such an occasion,” he added, urging employees to maintain a safe distance from their colleagues if they are not wearing a mask. 

The Health Ministry said that even with these changes, employers are encouraged to retain flexible work arrangements such as telecommuting and staggered work hours.

"Beyond the workplace benefits of flexible work arrangements, this will also help workers avoid peak period crowds as more of us return to the workplace," it added.



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