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The Stabilisation Phase is here to stay till November 21

Large social gatherings are sadly out the window for now

Cheryl Sekkappan
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Cheryl Sekkappan
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In a press conference on October 20, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung announced that Singapore will extend its current Covid-19 restrictions to November 21. If you had plans before then, then there's one small hope – the measures will be reviewed at the two-week mark and adjusted based on the community situation then. 

To recap, this means that group sizes for social gatherings and dining in continue to be capped at two – even if you've been fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals remain barred at hawker centres, coffee shops, malls and large standalone stores, although exceptions will be made for those who need medical or childcare services. 

Mr Ong noted that there is no sign that cases are beginning to fall, and cited pressures on the healthcare system as a reason for the extension of restrictions.

While the news is disheartening, let's hold out for the next month and hope for some improvement. Remember to take a mental health break too – there are tons of things to do alone, in the outdoors, or even overseas via our Vaccinated Travel Lanes to hot destinations like South Korea and Europe. On top of that, we still have Christmas to look forward to...

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