Group sizes for gatherings will double from five to 10 in S’pore from March 29

Gatherings in groups of up to 10 people will be allowed from next Tuesday (March 29), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said.

Where Singapore previously had a “zero Covid” strategy, it has now shifted to a “living with Covid” strategy. Along with increasing group sizes, 75% of employees who can work from home can return to their workplace.

Reasons cited for the change include Singapore’s high vaccination rates, the waning Omicron wave and the need to ensure the healthcare system does not bear an impossible burden.

The co-chair of the multi-ministerial task force, Gan Kim Yong, also said that the home recovery program (HRP) will also be the default program for people aged 5 to 49 and vaccinated people aged 50 to 79. . The HRP will also be extended to children between the ages of 1 and 4, provided they are deemed suitable.

Testing protocols have also been updated, with PCR tests to be given only to symptomatic cases, in a bid to prioritize those in need of medical attention.

Gan also encouraged everyone to make self-testing a way of life, suggesting it is the personal and social responsibility of Singaporeans to minimize transmissions in the community.

In support of this, the Ministry of Health will also organize another round of distributions of rapid antigen test kits to households.

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Sara H. Byrd