Group sizes to double to 10, masks optional outside, 75% can return to office from March 29: PM Lee

SINGAPORE – Group size limits will increase to 10 people and masks will no longer be mandatory outdoors from Tuesday, March 29, in what Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has called a decisive but measured step forward. life with Covid-19.

Up to 75% of employees who can work from home will be allowed to return to their place of work. And capacity limits for large events and venues with more than 1,000 people will also be raised to 75%.

In a nationwide address Thursday March 24 outlining changes to Safe Management Measures (SMM), Prime Minister Lee announced that with the risk of transmission outdoors greatly reduced, wearing masks outdoors will become optional – but will remain mandatory indoors.

The group size allowed will be doubled from the current five people to 10.

“After this major milestone, we will wait a bit to let the situation stabilize,” Prime Minister Lee said. “If all goes well, we will relax again. But we must also be psychologically prepared for other twists and turns to come.

He noted that there could yet be another wave of cases, that the virus would continue to evolve and that a rollback on restrictions could not be ruled out.

Yet Prime Minister Lee explained that Singapore was now in a position to ease restrictions, having “taken an important step” in its Covid-19 journey.

He pointed to the high vaccination levels – around 95% of the eligible population in Singapore have completed the full vaccination course and 71% of the total population have received a booster shot.

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