Singapore steps down COVID-19 measures from Feb 13, 2023
The Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) announced on 9 February 2023 that as the COVID-19 situation has remained stable in recent months and will be stepping down the remaining COVID-19 measures and establish a new endemic COVID-19 norm. A summary of key changes with effect from 13 February 2023, from MTF’s announcement is given below:
1. Mask-wearing on public transport and indoor healthcare and residential care settings will no longer be required under the temporary COVID-19 regulations.
2. The Ministry of Health (MOH) will retain the practice of mask-wearing for visitors, staff and patients in healthcare and residential care settings – in particular, when there is interaction with patients and in patient-facing areas. This will be a MOH requirement rather than mandated under COVID-19 Regulations. Such requirements will also apply if there are healthcare settings within your institutions.
3. Mask-wearing will still be required as part of sectoral or industry regulations, such as the Singapore Food Agency’s requirement for food handlers to maintain good hygiene standards.
4. MOH will also stand-down Protocols 1-2-3 for the testing and isolation of COVID-19 cases. Staff and students who are unwell or who have tested positive for COVID-19 are encouraged to continue exercising personal and social responsibility, by minimising social interactions, wearing masks, and avoiding crowded places.
However, do be reminded to exercise individual and social responsibility. Should Birmingham Academy (BA) assess there is a need to impose mask-wearing or other additional requirements for specific settings, BA will broadcast via either website, ClassDojo or noticeboard to explain the rationale for such additional requirements
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