Come Aug 7 (Fri), 12 religious organisations (ROs) in Singapore will be able to host up to 100 people per congregational or worship service. This is double the previous cap of 50 people per gathering. The 12 selected ROs include mosques, churches, Hindu temples, Buddhist temples and gudwaras.

Since Jun 26, religious organisations (ROs) in Singapore were able to resume worship and congregational services for up to 50 people. Safe distancing measures had to be in place, including keeping at least 1m away from others, worshipping in groups of up to five, and no mingling before and after the service. These prevailing measures will still apply.

For the 12 ROs that can now host up to 100 people per gathering, there are added precautions in place to reduce Covid-19 transmission.

Churches, mosques and gurdwaras in the list will have to establish two zones separated by a physical partition, with each zone holding a maximum of 50 people, for worship services. To further minimise interactions between people, separate entrances and exits or staggered entry and exit should be organised for each of the two zones.

Buddhist, Taoist and Hindu temples will need to ensure that there’s no crowding of people in common areas or mingling between groups, aside from the usual safe distancing measures.

The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) said it will decide on whether to increase the maximum number of worshippers in other ROs, based on how well the pilot with the 12 participating ROs pan out. These 12 pilot sites were selected to reflect the diversity of religious practices and worship settings in Singapore, and were identified in consultation with religious leaders who are members of the National Steering Committee on Racial and Religious Harmony, said MCCY. They must also have safely carried out congregational worship services for up to 50 people under earlier Phase Two guidelines.

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