Singapore to allow mask-free indoors starting 29 August

Masks only to be worn in MRT, LRT, public buses, and healthcare facilities

Singapore. Starting on Monday, 29 August, people in Singapore can finally roam mask-free. This new rule was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong on 24 August, following PM Lee’s NDR Speech when he first announced the new mask-wearing requirements.

Masks only need to be worn on transport modes such as the MRT, LRT, and public buses. Indoor public transport facilities such as MRT platforms and boarding areas at bus interchanges will also require people to wear a mask.

However, masks are no longer required in naturally ventilated bus interchanges, retail areas of bus interchanges, MRT and LRT stations, and airports.

According to MOH director of medical services Kenneth Mak, mask-wearing requirements on flights will depend on the laws in the destination country and the carrier.

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“Where there is a mandatory requirement for masks to be worn … the mask must be worn on the flight itself,” according to Mak.

Meanwhile, masks are optional in private transport modes like school buses, private buses, and taxis.

“The taxi driver can suggest, request, but there is no law to require … This is not enforceable, there is no basis of law for the taxi driver to say you have to. It’s optional,” stated Mr Wong.

Aside from public transport, healthcare facilities, residential care homes, and ambulances will require masks. This includes adult disability homes and homes for the aged.

It’s important to note that experts have advised the elderly and immuno-compromised individuals to continue wearing masks in crowded indoor settings to decrease their risk of catching any infections.

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