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Singapore to end most mask rules

Only in public transport and healthcare settings will mask rules remain.

Singapore is easing its rules on wearing face masks, whether indoors or outdoors, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced in his National Day Rally speech at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Headquarters.

“With our situation stabilising, we will reduce the mask requirements further to prevent people from getting tired. We will only require masks on public transport, where people are in prolonged close contact in a crowded space, and in healthcare settings, like clinics, hospitals, and residential and nursing homes, where there are vulnerable persons. Everywhere else, outdoors or indoors, masks will be optional,” PM Lee said.

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This comes from Singapore’s recovery from the global COVID-19 pandemic. The prime minister reported that Singapore had fewer than 1,600 COVID-19-related deaths.

Mask will also not be a requirement for schools. PM Lee assured the parents that they had assessed the situation and said it is safe enough to remove the mask requirement.

However, the prime minister gently reminded everyone not to take off their masks at the moment and wait for the detailed announcement from the Multi-Ministry Taskforce.

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