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Households with more than 5 people may book more than 1 table in F&B outlets; more exercise classes in open spaces

Households with more than 5 people may book more than 1 table in F&B outlets; more exercise classes in open spaces

File photo of Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)

SINGAPORE: Households with more than five people who would like to dine out may book more than one table, said co-chair of the COVID-19 multi-ministry taskforce Lawrence Wong on Friday (Aug 21).

However, they should limit interaction between tables, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in a press release.

Members of the public should refrain from booking multiple tables for large gatherings in F&B outlets, and operators at these places should not accept such reservations, said Mr Wong, who is also the Minister for Education.

“Other than that, there should not be organised events, celebrations or parties in an F&B setting involving multiple tables,” he said. This is because people in these gatherings tend to mingle without masks on, causing a risk of large clusters forming.

In addition, recorded music can only be played in F&B outlets as soft background music, said Mr Wong. 

“We have observed some F&B outlets where the recorded music, the piped music, is being played quite loudly, and this is a concern because of the risk of people speaking loudly and droplets spreading, especially when diners are in a restaurant, in close proximity within a table, without their mask on,” he said.

He added that live music, live broadcasts and video screenings are still not allowed.

Mr Wong announced in June that diners may sit in groups of five at a table, during Phase 2 of Singapore's reopening, but the tables must be spaced 1m apart.  

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More public facilities will also be available for those conducting outdoor exercise classes from Sep 1, including open spaces at SportSG centres and Housing and Development Board (HDB) common areas.

“Currently, we allow organised exercise classes to be conducted in selected venues,” said Mr Wong, subject to a class size of up to 50 people, with safe distancing between individuals and groups of five.

The classes must be organised by an instructor who will ensure there are safe management measures in place including temperature screening, safe distancing and maintaining a list of participants in venues without the SafeEntry digital check-in system.

The detailed requirements will be announced at a later date by SportSG.

Instructors must be registered to conduct these activities and more details on the registration process will also be released.

Organised exercise classes conducted by instructors in private and public sports facilities were allowed to resume since the start of Phase 2.

Activities are limited to groups of five, with a 2m safe distancing between individuals or 3m between groups, and up to a total class size of 50 people or lower, depending on the venue capacity and safe distancing measures. 

Watch the full news conference and Q&A session: ​​​​​​​

Source: CNA/cc(ta)


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