The Multi-Ministry Taskforce has thus far taken a cautious approach for activities or settings where large numbers of persons are likely to come into close contact, often in closed spaces and for prolonged periods of time.
However, it recognises the need for for particularly important activities and key life events to continue during this period.
Measures have been reviewed to see how weddings and wakes/funerals can be carried out safely.
Marriage Solemnisations and Receptions
At places of worship, HDB common areas, other external venues
From 4 August 2020, marriage solemnisations at such venues will be allowed to take place with 50 persons (including the couple, excluding the Solemniser and vendors) for the entire event, subject to the venue’s capacity limit based on safe management principles.
Prior to this (and since the start of Phase Two), the maximum limit was 20 persons (excluding the Solemniser).
At homes, the Registry of Civil and Muslim Marriages (ROM/M) Building, designated areas at the National Museum of Singapore operated by ROM
Solemnisations will be limited to 10 persons (including the couple, excluding the Solemniser and vendors), as these venues tend to be smaller.
The Multi-Ministry Taskforce has started a pilot where each wedding couple will be allowed to hold one wedding reception
Other wedding related activities
Venue operators and owners holding these events must ensure that the physical set-up and event arrangements are in accordance with the above groupings and other safe management measures.
Wakes and Funerals
From 4 August 2020, up to 30 persons may be present at any one time for wakes and funerals, subject to the venue’s capacity limit based on safe management principles.
This is to facilitate more family members and friends being able to pay their last respects during this emotionally difficult period.
Prior to this (since the start of phase 2), the limit was 20 persons.
The new COVID-19 normal
The Multi-Ministry Taskforce will continue to monitor the situation closely.
Individuals are encouraged to experiment with innovative approaches for the commemoration of such key life events, such as having hybrid virtual-physical events, so that we can continue to protect our family and loved ones as much as possible.