Social distancing restrictions are extended starting on October 30 until November 5.
Since September 11, the government already started allowing groups of four people to gather in public, from the previous restriction of only two people. If people are caught gathering in groups of more than the allowed number, there will be a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment for six months for 'any person who participates in a prohibited group gathering; organises a prohibited group gathering; owns, controls or operates the place of the gathering; and knowingly allows the gathering.' The only exemptions to the rule are gatherings in public for transportation purposes; for groups performing any governmental function; for groups gathering at a place of work or within hospital and healthcare facilities; persons living in the same household; proceedings in a court; funerals and any other occasions for mourning.
The government requires mandatory mask-wearing when entering terminals, boarding and while onboard public transport, as well as indoor and outdoor public places except when exercising or hiking outdoors and in country parks. If you are caught violating the mask-wearing regulations, you will get a fine of $5,000. If an authorised public officer caught you not wearing a mask in the required venues, they are allowed to issue a fixed penalty of $2,000.
Since October 2, religious activities are allowed at places of worship providing the number of participants do no exceed a capacity of 50 percent. During such activities, no food or drink can be served unless it is part of a religious ritual.
For those with wedding plans you can now invite up to 50 attendees to your nuptial ceremony, but the reception is a no-no, as food and drink is prohibited. The silver lining – at least you won't have to spend so much on the wedding preparations.
The number of people allowed in business meetings is also raised to 50 from the previous 20.
Since there is an uptick in domestic travel, licensed travel agencies are now allowed to host local tours for up to 30 people. All local tours must be registered with the Travel Industry Council, and agencies must purchase health insurance for the tourists, record their contact information, and conduct temperature checks. Tourists are required to wear masks throughout the trip unless during meal times. Transport provided for the tours must not exceed more than 50 percent its capacity.