Singapore will be returning to Phase 2 or the Heightened Alert in its restrictions to curb the rise in Covid-19 cases.
The health ministry on Tuesday has announced that starting Thursday until August 18, gatherings should be limited to only two people while suspending restaurant dine-in services.
“We will do a review of the measures two weeks after implementation, and will adjust further based on the infection situation at that time,” the ministry said in a press release.
The move comes as several clusters of Covid-19 cases have emerged around nightlife establishments, the Jurong Fishery Port as well as several wet markers and hawker food centers.
On Tuesday, the country reported 195 additional cases, with 182 local transmissions and 13 imported cases.
Authorities will also suspend ‘mask-off activities’ such as strenuous indoor exercises and sports activities. Services such as saunas and facials which need masks to be removed will be prohibited, with the exception of medical and dental consultations.
Singapore said that while nearly half of the population has completed vaccination, there are still vulnerable individuals, including the elderly who have not yet been inoculated.
“We remain on track to having two-thirds of our population complete the vaccination regimen by National Day, and are aiming for much higher coverage amongst our seniors,” the ministry said.