We should all be staying at home where possible, however, if there is a need to head out for any reason, it is now mandatory to wear a mask.
The requirement to wear a mask outside of the home at all times was announced on 14 April 2020 and takes immediate effect. It is part of a stricter set of measures to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Wear a Mask When Out of Home
Now, everyone will need to wear a mask in Singapore even when on public transport, taxis and public hire cars. It also applies to those who may be walking to and fro and at the markets.
Essential workers, who are also required to mask-up on their commute to their places of work, will also need to mask up at their workplaces.
There are some exceptions.
Those who are engaged in strenuous exercise such as jogging or running need not wear a mask. However, they will need to wear a mask once they have finished exercising.
Young children below the age of two do not need to wear a mask for safety reasons.
There will also be some flexibility extended to those with difficulties wearing masks, for example children with special needs.
Be sure to take note of this requirement to wear a mask when out of the home and follow it. First offenders will be fined $300 and repeat offenders will face higher fines or prosecution.
Stay at Home Where Possible
Also take note that the requirement to wear a mask is not a license to leave home. Instead, we should all be staying in as much as possible. Only head out if absolutely necessary to perform tasks such as buying provisions. Even if heading out, be sure to be conscious of those all around and observe safe distancing as well.
Where possible, stay at home.
If your kids are feeling cabin fever, check out our list of stay-at-home resources here.