Although Singapore recently announced it would be loosening some of its Covid-related workspace regulations, it is still preparing for a potential spike in cases due to the Omicron variant.
On January 1, the Ministry of Health said that up to 50% of fully-vaccinated workers will be allowed to return to the office.
However, the government added that since data suggests that Omicron may be as transmissible as the Delta variant and would implement new measures if needed.
“Unfortunately, the pandemic is not ending soon,” said Lawrence Wong, Finance Minister and co-chairs the country’s virus taskforce. “In some ways this is perhaps the calm before the next storm. So we do have to brace ourselves for the Omicron wave.”
The government has also mulled over whether to tighten restrictions on those who refuse vaccinations, with Wong adding that authorities are considering scrapping a policy that allowed unvaccinated workers enter the office if they have a negative Covid-19 test.
In order to encourage more people to receive boosters, taskforce co-chair and Health Minister Ong Ye Kung stated that it would be setting a “validity period” for vaccinations.