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Larger work-related events of up to 1,000 people can be held from Jan 3 with some restrictions

Larger work-related events of up to 1,000 people can be held from Jan 3 with some restrictions

People wearing masks attend a seminar. (File photo: iStock)

SINGAPORE: Businesses in Singapore can hold larger work-related events for 51 to 1,000 people from Jan 3, subject to conditions such as having participants who are seated or standing in fixed positions.

There must be no mask-off activities at the event, such as the consumption of food and beverage, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Saturday (Jan 1).

This comes after the COVID-19 multi-ministry task force announced last month that it would raise the cap for events where participants are masked and seated.

Under the current rules, work-related events are capped at 50 people. Any meals are to be "incidental" and not the main feature of the event.

From Jan 3, larger events are allowed - but with no consumption of food and drinks. 

Participants must be "predominantly static", meaning that they are "seated or standing in a fixed position", said the authorities.

They are required to keep a distance of at least 1m from each other and be in zones of up to 100 people each, with 2m between zones.

In addition, they have to be either be fully vaccinated, have recovered from COVID-19 within the past 180 days, or be medically ineligible for vaccines under the national vaccination programme.

Organisers of such events must notify authorities online before the event and submit documents including an event itinerary and floor plan.

According to the online submission form, work-related events include meetings, conferences or seminars, award ceremonies, annual general meetings, training, townhalls, corporate retreats and tender briefings to vendors.

"This change will give businesses more flexibility to organise work-related events," said MOM and MTI.

They added that authorities will perform spot checks for such work-related events and take enforcement action against businesses that flout the rules.

Work-related events for 50 or fewer participants can continue to be held without notifying or seeking approval from authorities.

MICE events for up to 1,000 people, where more interactions between participants are expected, will continue to require approval from MTI before proceeding, said the authorities.

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Source: CNA/dv(gs)


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