Singapore has announced it is easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions and will allow quarantine-free travel from a number of nations, including the UK.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong stated that the “strategy of living with Covid-19” must be continued.
He stated that the so-called vaccinated travel lanes with Germany and Brunei had been a success and that they would be expanded to nine other countries.
To combat the pandemic, Singapore imposed extremely stringent restrictions.
Although the number of Covid-19-related deaths is extremely low, the lockdown has had an impact on the South Asian island’s status as a business and aviation hub.
In a televised address, Prime Minister Lee stated that the Delta variant had demonstrated that the coronavirus was not going away.
It is possible to live with the “new normal” with vaccinations, social distancing measures, and careful monitoring.
“It will take us at least three months, and possibly as long as six months,” he said, acknowledging that a likely surge in cases as restrictions ease would have to be closely monitored.
Prime Minister Lee stated that the vaccinated travel lanes established last month with Germany and Brunei had demonstrated that vaccinated people could travel safely and quarantine-free without contributing to an increase in cases.
He stated that broadening the agreement to include countries with stable numbers of coronavirus cases would “keep us connected to global supply chains and help to preserve Singapore’s hub status.”
The government announced on October 13 that it would allow vaccinated travellers from Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United States, and the United Kingdom, as well as South Korea, beginning in November.
The government also announced that groups of two vaccinated people would be allowed to dine in restaurants and shop in malls. Although “centres are encouraged to continue conducting lessons online,” in-class teaching for children under the age of 12 will be allowed to resume.