Indoor gymnasiums, as well as fitness and health studios in Singapore will have to close over the next few weeks from May 8 to 30, 2021.
The Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) announced this measure on May 4, 2021 is due to a heightened alert in response to the surge in Covid-19 community cases locally.
MTF said during the online press conference that such indoor spaces are higher-risk settings have a tendency to be hotspots for Covid-19 transmission based on overseas and local experience.
Such settings and the associated activities are where there is a high density of people who are frequently unmasked and in close proximity with many other unmasked people, often for prolonged periods, MTF said.
To reduce the risks of community transmission, these venues will have to shut temporarily.
Outdoor classes still can continue
However, outdoor organised exercise programmes or classes may still continue.
These are subjected to a class size of 30 attendees in total, with safe distancing measures.
This includes group sizes of up to five persons and a 3m distance between each group.
Closure of more venues possible
But as the situation is dynamic, MTF cannot rule out the closure of other venues and activities.
MTF said it will remain vigilant and continue to monitor other higher-risk settings and activities, such as indoor sports halls and personalised services, such as massages, spas, and facials.
If the community cases situation does not improve, MTF said it will consider taking further actions on these higher-risk settings and activities.
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