Singapore will allow live concerts with up to 750 non-socially distanced attendees to take place from April 24 as part of its wider easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

The designated venues must be divided into zones with up to 50 attendees in each, with a capacity of 750 allowed if they implement pre-event testing.

Venues that do not implement pre-event testing will be able to host up to 250 fans, the city-state’s Ministry Of Health (MOH) announced.

Vaccinated individuals who plan to attend events that implement pre-event testing will not need to undergo pre-event testing. MOH notes they must complete the full vaccination regimen and have had time to develop sufficient protection — two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccination.

Singapore’s National Arts Council’s (NAC) is set to update their guidelines for venues on audience management ahead of the April 24 date,

Sports events will also be allowed to have up to 750 seated spectators with pre-event testing from April 24, or up to 250 spectators without testing. SportSG will release further details on the pilot. In addition, business-to-business events being piloted can have up to 250 attendees, in zones of up to 50 attendees each.

The Singapore Tourism Board will release an updated safe events framework and application details later.

Live performances in Singapore began, with restrictions, back in September at selected venues. Initially audience capacities were capped at 50 people, which was gradually increased, first to 100, then to 250 audience members from November to December 2020.

In December, a Marina Bay Sands’ Back to Live concert series was put on with a maximum capacity of 500 audience members. This marked the country’s biggest concerts since the start of its circuit breaker lockdown.

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