ON-PREMISE DINING IS BACK BUT PUBS REMAIN SHUT AS SINGAPORE REOPENS TODAY
By Susan Lewis
Credit: Siulan Law Mathews
Singaporeans are allowed to dine in restaurants and sip coffee in cafes today as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed, but bars and nightclubs remain closed.
Social gatherings of up to 5 people are allowed under the relaxed rules, but people must wear face masks and stay one meter apart.
Singapore’s restaurant goers can now enjoy eating meals on-premise, after weeks of having to take away foods to enjoy at home.
More than two months after a partial lockdown was imposed, massage parlors, spas and gyms can also resume operations today. Beaches, parks and other public facilities also reopened again.
In a Facebook post marking the reopening of most businesses, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said: "I am sure all of us have been eagerly looking forward to this day for a long time! But please don't go overboard celebrating."
Bar, nightclubs, live music and live TV shows are still not allowed because these venues are deemed favourable environments for the virus to spread.
Singapore has the second-highest number of confirmed infections in Southeast Asia with more than 41,000 cases with a death toll of 26.
Most of the victims are foreign workers who live in crowded dormitories sharing many facilities.
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