May 17, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

Less than a month after Singapore was trailblazing a path back to international business events, with events of up to 750 pax approved to take place, the city-state has moved to tighter restrictions as multiple clusters of locally acquired COVID-19 cases seed in the community.

In the last week, Singapore has recorded 131 community transmission cases.

New restrictions, which came into force yesterday required employees to work from home if they can, restrict household visitors to two per day, mandate the ceasing of dining in at food and beverage outlets, restrict shopping centre capacities to one person per 16m2 and reduce capacities of museums, libraries, attractions, shows and cinemas to either 25 percent or 100 people with pre-testing or 50 people without.

Business events of up to 100 people can be held with pre-event testing and events of up to 50 people can proceed without. Restrictions which came into force last weekend had event numbers at 250 pax with pre-event testing requirement in place.