Govt mulls easing curbs for the fully vaccinated

Stringent measures: A wet market is cordoned off to limit entry and exit points after a surge in the number of virus cases in Singapore. — Reuters

THE city-state will review its Covid-19 restrictions in early August, and ease some measures if virus clusters are under control and hospitalisation rates remain low.

But any loosened restrictions will be extended only to vaccinated individuals, who are “much better protected against the effects of the virus”, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said on Monday.

“This means that if you want to attend a large event or a religious service involving more than 100 persons, you have to be fully vaccinated,” he told the House in a ministerial statement that gave an overview of the country’s next steps in its pandemic response.

“If you want to go out to dine in a restaurant or work out in a gym, you have to be fully vaccinated,” he added.

Wong said Singapore will be able to further ease restrictions around September, when about 80% of the population are expected to have got the full two doses of the vaccine. This will include allowing fully vaccinated people to travel to areas where the Covid-19 situation is under control without serving the 14-day stay home notice in a hotel.

He noted that by early August – the mid-point of the phase two (heightened alert) period – around two-thirds of Singapore’s population would have received the full two doses and some three-quarters of seniors aged 70 and above would also have been vaccinated.

The hope is that come early September, about 80% of seniors aged 70 and up would be fully vaccinated, added Wong, who co-chairs the multi-ministry task force tackling Covid-19.

Singapore will then begin to reopen its borders for travel, especially for fully vaccinated people. — The Straits Times/ANN

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