Only Two Visitors From Same Household Can Visit Once A Day, Mass Religious Services Still Not Allowed
Singaporeans have been given more news about what to expect when the ‘Circuit Breaker’ lifts — one of them is whether we can visit our loved ones who do not stay in the same place of residence.
The good news is that the ‘Circuit Breaker’ will indeed lift on 1 Jun, but life will not get back to normal immediately.
For example, we will be able to visit our parents or grandparents from 1 Jun — but only two visitors from the same household can visit, once a day.
Measures to avoid big family gatherings
The Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday (19 May) that these measures, to be observed in what it called Phase One of Singapore’s re-opening, are meant to prevent the convening of big family gatherings.
Although there will be some leeway given for people to visit elderly relatives like parents, grandparents and in-laws after 1 Jun, siblings will still not be allowed to visit each other.
Additionally, children can be dropped off by their parents at their grandparents’ residences for the purpose of taking care of them.
However, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said elderly people should not go out to visit relatives, and should stay at home, reported The Straits Times.
No mass gatherings at places of worship
As for mass religious services, they will still not be held even after 1 Jun, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs the multi-ministry taskforce fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
While places of worship can open, only up to five people, all from the same household, can enter to worship at the same time.
Religious leaders will be briefed all the new requirements, as Singapore progressively opens up, said Mr Wong.
Marriage solemnisations, funerals allowed, no non-essential gatherings
Marriage solemnisations will be allowed again, but limited to up to 10 people, the MOH said.
Wakes and funerals will continue to take place, but similarly only up to 10 people will be allowed at one time.
All other social gatherings and non-essential activities will still not be allowed.
Sports and recreation facilities will also stay closed.
Singapore will open up progressively
These announcements mean that Singapore will not be opening up fully after the ‘Circuit Breaker’ officially ends on 1 June.
Just like we progressively implemented tighter measures, we’re also progressively loosening the measures.
This is so that people don’t go crazy after 1 Jun and our infection numbers spike again.
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