Singapore to ease coronavirus restrictions for vaccinated people

Aug 7, 2021 – 18:11 KYODO NEWS

People wait outside a clinic in Singapore on June 24, 2021, to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

SINGAPORE – Singapore will ease restrictions from Tuesday on dining and gathering for people who received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine, the government has said.

The relaxed measures, part of the government’s plan announced Friday, will allow groups of up to five fully vaccinated people to eat together at restaurants, which has been banned since last month.

Over two-thirds of the population in Singapore had received two doses of the vaccine as of Thursday, the government said.

Singapore has promoted vaccination while it restarted imposing strict restrictions on public activity in late July amid the resurgence of the virus, fueled by the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.

Under the new measures, the limitation on the number of people attending large events will also be relaxed, assuming the participants received two doses of vaccine.

Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said at a press conference held online Friday that the government will ease other coronavirus restrictions when 80 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.