This year’s Chinese New Year festivities will be very different for those celebrating in Singapore due to the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, the past year has forced many of us to adjust the way we celebrate various holidays in order to adhere to social distancing measures.
Since the country entered Phase 3, there has been significant progress in terms of re-opening with the most important being the start of vaccine distribution.
Senior Minister of State for Health Janil Puthucheary said in Parliament on February 1 that to date, more than 155,000 people have taken their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. It was also announced that more vaccination centres will be set up in the coming weeks.
In order to avoid any spike in the number of daily cases, celebrants are advised to adhere to the Government’s Multi-Ministry Taskforce’s (MTF) restrictions such as limiting the number of household visits and more.
Education Minister and co-chair of the MTF Lawrence Wong said on January 22 that the likelihood of more social activities and interactions during the Chinese New Year period could increase the risk of transmission. He added that last year’s Chinese New Year period saw many clusters forming due to unrestricted social gatherings.
Below, find out what you should be aware of as you safely ring in the year of the metal ox with your loved ones.