Churches & cinemas among places that are not allowed to reopen in Phase 2

These activities can be resumed at a later date after implementing safe management measures.

Jason Fan | June 15, 2020, 07:16 PM

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On June 15, 2020, the Health Minister Gan Kim Yong announced that Phase 2 will begin on June 19, allowing for the resumption of most activities, subject to certain safe distancing principles.

However, a small number of activities, namely those that are likely to have large numbers of people that come into close contact with each other for prolonged periods of time, will not be allowed to resume just yet.

According to the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF), overseas and local experience has shown that such settings can spawn large clusters of infections, given the number of close contacts between individuals in the course of such activities.

This is a list of the activities and settings:

  • Religious services and congregations
  • Large cultural venues such as libraries and museums
  • Large-scale events and venues, such as conferences, exhibitions, concerts and trade fairs
  • Entertainment venues such as bars, nightclubs, karaoke outlets, cinemas, theatres, as well as indoor and outdoor attractions

The MTF said that government agencies have begun to engage relevant businesses and organisations on possible safe management measures to be taken for such activities or settings.

They will be allowed to resume activities on a later date, subject to their ability and readiness to implement such safe management measures.

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