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Dining restrictions in restaurants and bars to ease from Oct 6

02 October 2022

By The SUN


More people will be allowed to sit together in restaurants and bars, but live shows are banned

In response to appeals from the catering industry for the easing of rules pertaining to people eating and drinking together in restaurants and bars, the government issued late on Friday guidelines raising the maximum number of diners per group in such places.

Starting on Thursday, Oct. 6, the maximum number of people who may eat together in restaurants or gather in party rooms, karaokes, swimming pools and other designated premises will be increased to 12 from the current eight.

Those who can sit together in bars will go up to six from the current four.


For banquets, the maximum number of people who will be allowed to gather in one place has been doubled to 240 from the present 120.

The government also allowed the resumption of trips-to-nowhere trips on cruise ships, which were halted at the start of the fifth wave of the pandemic earlier this year.

However, live performances are still prohibited in these venues. Also, the requirement for banquet guests, as well as patrons of bars, pubs and nightclubs to undergo a rapid antigen test within 24 hours before entry will remain.


Opening hours will be kept to up to midnight for restaurants and 2am for bars and pubs. The allowed capacity for most of the venues, including cinemas, theaters and churches will be kept at 85 percent.

The vaccine pass scheme where the minimum age requirement was lowered to five from today, will also continue. This means those on red or amber code will still be prevented from entering high-risk places such as eateries, libraries, swimming pools.

The government said the rules prohibiting group gatherings in public places will be kept, meaning only up to four people are still allowed to gather together outdoors. They should also keep on their masks, unless performing strenuous exercises.

According to the government statement, the Covid-19 situation has recently subsided, with positive cases dropping from a high of 11,000 in early September to between 3,000 and 4,000 in recent days.

Earlier, the government allowed people, especially caregivers, to store up to eight vaccination QR codes in their LeaveHomeSafe app so they can easily accompany young children and elderly people aged 65 who have vaccine passes, to enter designated premises.

Children aged 5 to 11 should have two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, or are within three months of receiving their first jab, to qualify for the vaccine pass.

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As for those aged 12 and above, they now must receive their third dose within five months, instead of six months, to continue using their vaccine pass.

Details of the amended regulations may be found here:

Meanwhile, health authorities reported 3,907 new Covid-19 infections on Saturday, 226 of them imported.


Six deaths involving Covid patients were also recorded.

More than 1,600 patients are receiving treatment in public hospitals, including 11 who are under intensive care.


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