Orient Magazine Issue 81 - April 2021 - Page 18

NEWS :
FROM THE CHAMBER
Updates to Singapore ' s COVID-19 Restrictions Announced
Education Minister Lawrence Wong announced updates to Singapore ' s Covid restrictions on March 24 , 2021 as the Government moves away from work-from-home as the default way of working .
At the Workplace
Effective from 5 th April 2021 , employers must ensure that no more than 75 % of employees who are able to work from home are at the workplace at any point in time . This is an increase from the current 50 % ratio . Employers are encouraged to continue allowing work from home options , virtual meetings and flexible working for their employees .
Events & employee social gathering
Work-related events ( including those which primarily involve employees or stakeholders , such as conferences / seminars , corporate retreats , staff training sessions , Annual General Meetings and Extraordinary General Meetings but not including social interactions ) continue to proceed with up to 50 people with 1-metre safe distancing measures and avoiding being held over mealtimes .
From 24 th April 2021 , MICE events under the current pilot and approval programme will be allowed to have up to 750 attendees , in zones of up to 50 attendees each with Pre-Event Testing in place . The Singapore Tourism Board will be releasing an updated safe events framework and application details . Information on Pre-Event Testing ( PET ) is being updated on a new webpage managed by the MOH here .
Live performances at designated venues can have up to 750 attendees if they implement pre-event testing from 24 th April or up to 250 attendees without testing . The National Arts Council will be releasing updated guidelines .
Sports events will be allowed to have up to 750 seated spectators with pre-event testing from 24 th April , or up to 250 spectators without testing . SportSG will release further details on the pilot .
The general restrictions on social and household gatherings remain the same and are being closely monitored as they have broader impacts to case transmission .
Vaccination programme
The MOH is now welcoming pre-registration by residents aged 45-59 online . All vaccination enquiries and registrations are directed to www . vaccine . gov . sg .
Easing of Travel Restrictions for Fravellers Entering Singapore From the UK From 23 April 2021
Originally published by MOH
Effective from 22 nd April 2021 , 2359 hours :
1 . Long-Term Pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history to the UK and South Africa within the last 14 days will now be allowed entry into Singapore after obtaining the relevant entry approvals .
2 . Arriving travellers will continue to serve a 14- day Stay-Home-Notice ( SHN ) at dedicated SHN facilities , with an additional 7-day SHN at their place of residence .
3 . Travellers with recent travel history to the UK and South Africa will now be allowed to transit through Singapore on airlines approved to operate such transfers .
Singapore had earlier restricted entry and transit for all Long-Term Pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history to the UK and South Africa . This arose from concerns of a more contagious variant of the COVID-19 virus circulating in these countries / regions . Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents in these countries / regions in the last 14 days before their entry have also been subjected to an additional 7-day SHN period at their residence , following their 14-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities .
Existing border control and domestic measures have been able to contain the risks of community spread from imported cases with such variants , which is now present in many countries beyond the UK and South Africa . The Ministry of Health will continue to evaluate the various strains of the COVID-19 virus as these emerge and review border measures accordingly .