Routine testing for staff in more high-risk settings, such as dine-in F&B outlets

·Editorial team
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SINGAPORE — From 15 July onwards, it will be mandatory for all work staff in three new high-risk settings to undergo Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) using Fast and Easy Tests (FETs).

The three settings are: dine-in food-and-beverages establishments, personal care services (facial and nail services, spas/ saunas, massage establishments, hairdressing, and make-up services), as well as gyms and fitness studios where clients are unmasked.

Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong, who is also co-chairman of the COVID-19 multi-ministry taskforce, announced these measures during a virtual doorstop interview on Wednesday (7 July).

FETs have been progressively rolled out in for staff in higher-risk settings via employer-supervised Self Swab or at Quick Test Centres. As such, the RRT has been extended to these three new high-risk settings.

Supermarkets to re-introduce check-in requirements

Meanwhile, supermarkets will be re-introducing TraceTogether-only SafeEntry and SafeEntry Gateway check-in requirements, due to their high volume of patrons which increases the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

From 21 July, these entry requirements will be re-introduced at supermarkets located within TraceTogether-only SafeEntry buildings with the same operating hours.

Other supermarkets that have been implementing such check-in facilities, such as standalone supermarkets, will continue to do so.

This means that all customers must check in with their TraceTogether (TT) App or Token using the SafeEntry Gateway, or by scanning the SafeEntry QR code with the TT App.

ART self-test kits to be available at supermarkets, convenience stores

From 16 July, sale of over-the-counter antigen rapid test (ART) self-test kits will be extended to general retailers such as supermarkets and convenience stores. Previously, the kits were available only at designated local retail pharmacies.

The Ministry of Health will also lift the restriction that caps over-the-counter ART sales at 10 kits per individual.

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