Singapore's MOH releases COVID-19 social distancing measures

Monday March 16 2020

Singapore's MOH releases COVID-19 social distancing measures

In order to reduce the risk of local transmission, the Ministry of Health has introduced requirements and advisories for events and gatherings, workplace and public venues. This is to limit large crowds gathering in close proximity over a prolonged period of time.

Advisory for events and gatherings:

All ticketed cultural, sports and entertainment events, with 250 participants or more, are to be deferred or cancelled. For events that have already been committed (e.g. tickets sold), organisers must demonstrate that satisfactory precautionary measures have been put in place before they can proceed.

For all other mass gatherings including private functions and religious services, organisers are advised to put in place the following precautions:

- Reduce the scale of events to below 250 participants where possible;
- Reduce the crowding of participants and improve ventilation. For example, participants could be seated at least a metre apart from one another, and be advised to reduce contact with others (e.g. avoid shaking hands);
- Put in place temperature and health screening measures, as well as turn away persons who are unwell; and
- Put in place measures to facilitate contact tracing if needed, such as obtaining contact details of participants.

Participants are also advised to practise social responsibility—monitor their own health condition and avoid attending gatherings and events if unwell.

Advisory for public venues:

Owners/tenants of venues which are accessible to the public are advised to put in place measures to reduce close contact by patrons/customers, where possible. For instance:

- Dining venues could set seats at least a metre apart;
- Entertainment venues and tourist attractions (e.g. casinos, cinemas, theme parks, museums, and galleries) could limit the number of visitors at any one time, and/or increase spacing among visitors; and
- Sports centres with indoor facilities (e.g. gyms, private academies) could limit the number of patrons, introduce physical separation measures, increase the frequency of cleaning, as well as issue advisories to reduce unnecessary contact, and practise public hygiene.

The above advisories for events, gatherings, workplaces and public venues will be subject to further review based on the global situation. Check all the additional precautionary measures released by the Mininistry of Health here.