MOH said it would still encourage members of the public, especially the elderly and immunocompromised, to wear masks in crowded places or when meeting vulnerable people.
Matthew Mohan @MatthewMohanCNA
09 Feb 2023 11:56AM (Updated: 09 Feb 2023 02:24PM)
The DORSCON level will also be lowered to Green and the pandemic multi-ministry task force stood down.
SINGAPORE: The wearing of masks on public transport as well as some healthcare and residential care settings will no longer be mandatory from Monday (Feb 13), when Singapore also steps down its disease alert to the lowest level since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Thursday that it will however retain the practice of mask-wearing for visitors, staff and patients in settings where there is interaction with patients as well as in indoor patient-facing areas.
These include hospital wards, emergency departments, consultation rooms and waiting areas, pharmacies, clinics and nursing homes.
This will be an MOH requirement rather than mandated under COVID-19 regulations, to better protect patients and healthcare workers from infectious diseases in general, the ministry said in a press release.
Should someone be in a hospital area not related to the “delivery of care” – such as a cafeteria or car park – mask-wearing is not mandatory, MOH’s director of medical services Kenneth Mak clarified at a COVID-19 multi-ministry task force (MTF) press conference on Thursday.
“Hospitals will look at their operational requirements, the setting and see whether or not there are opportunities to lighten up and minimise that burden of mask wearing in those settings,” he added.
“So it is a more refined policy position, but the base principle of requiring mask-wearing in care areas still remains.”