From 10 August 2021, retail establishments and lifestyle-related services are to comply with the following:
a. Social gatherings are allowed to comprise up to 5 persons. In line with this, retail establishments are to ensure at least one-metre spacing between groups of customers (of up to 5 persons). Malls should also ensure that crowds do not gather at atriums or common spaces, and discourage the consumption of food and drinks at such spaces.
b. The occupancy limit for malls and large standalone stores will be one person per 16 sqm of Gross Floor Area (GFA) until 18 August 2021. During this period, retail establishments should cancel all events and promotions that will result in crowding at their physical premises in a manner which is non-compliant with the SMMs. From 19 August 2021, if the COVID-19 situation remains under control, the occupancy limit will be increased to one person per 10 sqm of GFA.
c. The operating capacity of Commercial Family Entertainment Centres will remain at a maximum of one person per 16 sqm of usable space or 25% operating capacity, whichever is lower. From 19 August 2021, if the COVID-19 situation remains under control, the occupancy limit will be increased to one person per 10 sqm of GFA.
d. Services and activities in higher-risk settings, which require masks to be removed, are allowed to resume in groups of up to 5 persons if customers are fully vaccinated. These include personal care services (e.g. facial treatments, make-up services and saunas), Food & Beverage (F&B) dine-in and indoor high-intensity/ mask-off sports services.
e. Since 15 July 2021, it has been mandatory for establishments providing personal care services (e.g. facial and nail services, spas/saunas, massage establishments, hairdressing, and make-up services) to place all employees on a regular Fast and Easy Testing (FET) regime using tests such as antigen rapid test (ART), regardless of their vaccination status.
- This includes both part-time and full-time employees, as well as third-party contracted staff (e.g. cleaners) who work at the establishments. Business owners and store managers who work at the workplace must also undergo FET. Individuals who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection in the past 270 days are exempted from the FET Requirement. Establishments can refer to the following Gobusiness portal link for more details.
From 1 October 2021, a “vaccinate or regular test” regime will be introduced for individuals working in personal care services. These employees are to be fully vaccinated or have to undergo regular testing. Unvaccinated employees and those who may be medically ineligible for vaccines on the National Vaccination Programme will be required to undergo twice weekly testing to mitigate risk of transmission to the public. The government will subsidise tests for the small group of individuals who are medically ineligible for vaccines under the National Vaccination Programme.