This story was first published on June 18, 2021, and updated on December 13, 2021.
As Singapore continues to push towards making Covid-19 endemic, it has announced that more measures will be loosened as our vaccination-differentiated safe measures also get expanded.
These new loosened restrictions state that work from home will no longer be the default from January 1, that work-related events can have more participants and more.
Vaccination Differentiated Safe Management measures (VDS) for Covid-19 will also be expanded from February 1 to cover more areas such as indoor sports facilities, Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), and leisure guests in hotels, hostels and serviced apartments.
Considering the many changes in our Covid-19 regulations recently and the differences in rules for the vaccinated and the unvaccinated, we’ve made it easy for you to figure out what you can and cannot do. Keep reading for all the other regulations that have come into effect to manage the pandemic.
1. Work from home is no longer the default
Working from home is no longer the default for employees who are fully vaccinated or who have recently recovered from Covid-19.
In fact, from January 1, 50 per cent of employees who can work from home will be allowed to return to the office, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH) on December 14.
This comes as workforce vaccination measures that state that unvaccinated employees are not allowed to return to their workplaces unless they test negative for Covid-19 come into effect on January 1.
Unvaccinated individuals who have recovered from Covid-19 will also get a 180-day exemption to enter vaccination differentiated settings such as malls, restaurants and workplaces. This is down from 270 days.
Working from home has been the default since September this year so this announcement is certainly a step forward for the country.
Covid-19 multi-ministry task force co-chair Gan Kim Yong said on December 14 that authorities recognise that work from home is “not ideal and not sustainable in the long run, as face-to-face interaction is important for team dynamics, as well as other operational considerations”.
That said, social gatherings at the workplace will continue to not be allowed.
Work-related events though will see their cap of 50 people raised in due course. However, this will only apply to events where all participants remain masked and seated at a safe distance from each other. They will also need to meet all VDS requirements.