COVID-19 Measures

COVID-19 Measures

 

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Public Transport

To provide a safe commuting experience, our public transport operators have put in place a comprehensive suite of safe management measures (SMMs) on public transport. Our public transport operators have continued with their stepped-up cleaning and disinfecting regime for trains, buses, train stations and bus interchanges, especially for high contact areas. Antimicrobial coatings are also applied on our public transport. Hand sanitisers are also provided at all bus interchanges, MRT stations and integrated transport hubs.

 

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In addition, commuters are required to keep their masks on while onboard public transport. Commuters are also encouraged to travel during off-peak periods where possible.

 

A 2020 study by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) concluded that these SMMs, together with the ventilation systems and natural fresh air intake on public transport, are effective in keeping the risk of COVID-19 transmission low.

 

Learn more about LTA’s measures for COVID-19.

 

Taxis and Private Hire Cars

We safeguarded the well-being of our taxi and private hire car (PHC) drivers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and supported them financially amidst lower ridership levels.

 

Safeguarding the well-being our taxi and private hire car drivers during COVID-19

Taxi and PHC drivers continue to do their part by getting vaccination and booster shots, and practising good practices such as washing/sanitising their hands frequently, winding down their windows after every trip, stepping up the cleaning and disinfecting of their vehicles, and going for contactless e-payment modes as far as possible.  While wearing of masks in taxis and PHCs is no longer mandatory, drivers and passengers are encouraged to continue to mask up to protect themselves and others, especially if drivers are ferrying passengers who are unwell.

 

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Targeted financial assistance for taxi and PHC drivers

Between February and December 2020, eligible taxi and PHC drivers received financial support through the Special Relief Fund of $10 per day. They also received additional relief through the Self-Employed Persons Income Relief Scheme (SIRS), administered by the Ministry of Manpower, between March and December 2020. When the SIRS ceased from 1 January 2021, we started the COVID-19 Driver Relief Fund (CDRF), a targeted scheme just for taxis and private hire car drivers, to replace the SRF and cushion for the cessation of SIRS.

 

More than 50,000 drivers have benefited from the SIRS, SRF and the CDRF. CDRF payouts were enhanced during periods of significant tightening of safe management measures and continued until January 2022.

 

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A Resilient Maritime Singapore Admist COVID-19

Singapore recognises the vital role of our seafarers and maritime frontline workers in keeping supply chains open. Our port introduced contactless operations and has remained open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We tested our frontline workers regularly and vaccinated them swiftly. Singapore has also been committed to facilitating crew change.

 

 

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Tripartite Efforts on Crew Change

The Singapore Shipping Tripartite Resilience (SG-STAR) Fund is the first global ground-up tripartite initiative, with international partners including the International Transport Workers’ Federation, the International Maritime Employers’ Council, and the International Chamber of Shipping, to work with stakeholders in seafaring nations on concrete solutions for safe crew changes. The SG-STAR Fund was established by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and Singapore Shipping Association alongside seafarers’ unions – the Singapore Maritime Officers' Union, and the Singapore Organisation of Seamen. Between March 2020 and Dec 2021, Singapore has facilitated more than 200,000 crew changes.

 

 

Vaccinated Travel Framework

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Between 25 August 2020 and 31 March 2022, we reopened our borders in a careful and calibrated manner through Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTLs) and Unilateral Opening arrangements with partner countries and regions. 

The VTL arrangements with 32 countries and regions served as an effective pathfinder for us to refine protocols, and to build public confidence in reopening our borders safely to fully vaccinated travellers. It has also allowed us to strike a balance to protect lives while protecting the livelihoods of our aviation workers and businesses, as we transited towards a COVID-resilient nation.

As of 1 April 2022, we have reopened our borders to all fully vaccinated travellers, as part of a broader easing of COVID-19 measures in Singapore. Under the new Vaccinated Travel Framework (VTF), fully vaccinated travellers from the Singapore’s Ministry of Health’s General Travel Category countries/regions can enter Singapore quarantine-free. 

The framework replaces all existing VTLs and Unilateral Opening arrangements, and facilitates a safe and seamless travel experience for Singapore residents and visitors to Singapore. 

Even as we reclaim Singapore’s position as a premier air hub, we will preserve our capacity and capabilities to respond quickly if the COVID-19 situation changes to ensure public health.  

Please refer to the SafeTravel website for more information.

 

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