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Still ‘too risky’ to allow households of five to dine in, but authorities studying move: Lawrence Wong

Still ‘too risky’ to allow households of five to dine in, but authorities studying move: Lawrence Wong
People are seen at a food and beverage outlet in Holland Village on Aug 10, 2021. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

SINGAPORE: It is currently still “too risky” to allow five people from the same household to dine in together, but it is a move authorities will look into, said co-chair of the COVID-19 taskforce Lawrence Wong on Wednesday (Oct 20).

Speaking at a press conference, Mr Wong said the suggestion had come from the Restaurant Association of Singapore (RAS), and authorities "understand where (they are) coming from".

“For now, we think it's still too risky to make such a move because of the pressure on the healthcare system, but it is indeed something we are looking into.”

His comments come as present COVID-19 restrictions have been extended for a month, although Mr Wong, who is also the Finance Minister, added that it does not mean “all the measures will have to remain frozen or static” throughout.

“We will continually review the situation in the coming weeks to see if there is any scope for calibrated easing, and in instances where the risks are acceptable ... we will consider moving first on these measures.”

Mr Wong also acknowledged this has been "probably the most difficult phase" in Singapore's journey through the pandemic so far.

But he added that it will not last "indefinitely", as the wave of infections will peak at some point.

The population also has better immunity against the virus as more people get exposed to it, alongside the country's booster shot programme, he said.

"So let's continue to have faith that the situation will get better. And in the meantime, we seek everyone's understanding of why we need the measures that we have today. And also your support to protect, importantly, our healthcare system and our healthcare workers," said Mr Wong.

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Source: CNA/cl(ac)

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