Singapore to remove most Covid-19 curbs next week

Singapore to remove most Covid-19 curbs next week
Spectators having fun with the shakers during the National Day Parade 2021 held at The Float @ Marina Bay', in Singapore, 21 August 2021. Singapore celebrates its 56th birthday on 21 August 2021 with a scaled down National Day parade that had been postponed from 09 August due to a resurgence in Covid-19 cases. EPA-EFE/CHONG JUN LIANG / SPH SINGAPORE OUT

SINGAPORE, April 22 (Reuters) - Singapore will remove most remaining Covid-19 restrictions from April 26 and ease its entry requirements for travellers, its health ministry said on Friday, in response to a decline in new daily infections.

The measures include removing limits on group sizes and allowing the full return of employees to workplaces, while lowering the Southeast Asian financial hub’s alert level for the first time since the pandemic started.

Authorities also announced the scrapping of a requirement for vaccinated travellers to take a Covid-19 test before departing for Singapore.

“With these changes, we can now have a well deserved breather, after two very difficult years of fighting the virus,” said Lawrence Wong, finance minister and co-chair of the government’s coronavirus taskforce.

“But let’s always remember, we are getting closer to the finish line, but the race is not over and the pandemic is certainly not over.”

Some rules will remain, however, such as the mandatory wearing of face masks in indoor public settings and on public transport.

Many of the restrictions will remain in place for non-vaccinated individuals, however.

Singapore has inoculated 93% of its 5.5 million population, one of the world’s highest rates. It has also achieved one of the lowest Covid-19 fatality rates.

(Reporting by Chen Lin; Editing by Martin Petty)


"Information pertaining to Covid-19, vaccines, how to control the spread of the virus and potential treatments is ever-changing. Under the South African Disaster Management Act Regulation 11(5)(c) it is prohibited to publish information through any medium with the intention to deceive people on government measures to address COVID-19. We are therefore disabling the comment section on this article in order to protect both the commenting member and ourselves from potential liability. Should you have additional information that you think we should know, please email [email protected]"

Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted

We would like our readers to start paying for Daily Maverick...

…but we are not going to force you to. Over 10 million users come to us each month for the news. We have not put it behind a paywall because the truth should not be a luxury.

Instead we ask our readers who can afford to contribute, even a small amount each month, to do so.

If you appreciate it and want to see us keep going then please consider contributing whatever you can.

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options

Become a Maverick Insider

This could have been a paywall

On another site this would have been a paywall. Maverick Insider keeps our content free for all.

Become an Insider