non-fully vaccinated travelers don’t need quarantine from Monday

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People sit outside a bar on Emily Hill in Singapore on Monday, August 22, 2022.

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SINGAPORE — Singapore is set to allow non-fully vaccinated travelers to skip quarantine on arrival from Monday, authorities said on Wednesday.

The country also plans to remove indoor mask requirements from August 29 as it seeks to take another step toward living with Covid.

While further easing of security and border measures is an “important milestone”, the country still needs to be “mentally prepared for any sudden change because we don’t know how this virus will mutate and what the next variant will look like,” it said. he. Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister, Lawrence Wong, who is also co-chair of the Covid Task Force in Singapore.

Visitors who have not been fully vaccinated must still test negative for Covid within 2 days of their departure to Singapore. But they no longer have to quarantine at home or at their place of residence for 7 days.

Currently, fully vaccinated travelers can enter Singapore without undergoing Covid-19 testing or undergoing quarantine.

Unvaccinated long-term visitors and short-term visitors who are 13 years of age and older are currently required to apply for admission to enter Singapore. This requirement will also be lifted from Monday, according to the Ministry of Health.

Boosters and easing of mask requirements

Masks are optional indoors and will be mandatory from Monday in special environments, such as on public transport and in healthcare facilities such as hospitals, care homes and ambulances, the health ministry said. They are optional in taxis, private hire and at the airport.

“The reason is that we have identified areas where essential services are performed in closed, congested spaces and are often used by vulnerable people,” said Wong, who is also the country’s finance minister.

The decision to lift the mask requirements was first announced on Sunday by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

Currently, masks are required in almost all indoor environments, with the exception of workplaces where there are no physical interaction or customer-facing areas.

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In preparation for the next wave of omicron, a second mRNA Covid booster is now recommended for those 60 and older, five months after their first booster.

The Department of Health also recommended that children between the ages of 5 and 11 receive one booster — five months after the second dose of their primary vaccination course — to increase their protection.

Covid situation in Singapore

“We continue to monitor closely and have plans in place for several contingencies, including scaling our healthcare capacity and…vaccination surgeries as and when needed,” Wong said at Wednesday’s news conference.

He added that those plans would “give us time” should there be a Covid wave that is aggressive and dangerous.

Average daily infections over a 7-day period fell to 2,700 as of Tuesday, while daily infections continued to fall from a record 26,032 infections on Feb. 22. Most infected in Singapore have mild or no symptoms.

The Southeast Asian country further relaxed Covid measures at the end of April. Social gatherings will no longer be limited to 10 people and people will no longer be required to keep 1 meter apart.

People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore.

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About 93% of the population completed the primary vaccination course as of Monday, while 79% of the total population received boosters.

Separate rules for unvaccinated people were also scrapped in April, with a few exceptions.

Those who have not been vaccinated are still not allowed to dine in or participate in events with more than 500 people. They are also not allowed to visit places where dancing is taking place.

However, food and beverage outlets are not required to check customers’ vaccination status, the health ministry said in a press release.

This is the latest news. Come back for updates.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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