Singapore tightens restrictions on live concerts and events amid COVID-19 resurgence

Singapore tightens restrictions on live concerts and events amid COVID-19 resurgence

Crowd sizes at live concerts and events in Singapore will be reduced amid a resurgence of COVID-19 infections within the community. 

On 4 May, the Multi-Ministry Task Force (MTF) announced that live performances at designated venues and pilot business-to-business events will be permitted to host a maximum of 250 attendees with pre-event testing (PET) from 8 May 2021 to 30 May 2021. They were previously capped at 750 attendees. Pre-event testing will not be required for events with fewer than 100 attendees. 

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During this period, Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI)-approved attractions will have to reduce their operating capacities from 65% to 50% while outdoor and indoor shows will only be allowed to host up to 100 attendees without pre-event testing.

Additionally, group sizes for social gatherings will be reduced from eight persons to five persons and each household will only be able to host five guests per day. Singaporeans have also been urged not to have more than two social gatherings per day.

These precautionary measures were implemented by the MTF after it found 60 new COVID-19 infections within the community in the last week. It has also detected new virus variants originating from the UK, India, and South Africa. 

"The number of locally transmitted COVID-19 cases and unlinked community cases has also continued to increase, signalling undetected community transmissions that could rapidly escalate into another major outbreak if not adequately contained in a timely manner. We will be taking decisive action to curb the COVID-19 infections in Singapore," said the MTF in a statement. 

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