Up to 1,000 people will now be allowed to attend live events in Singapore after the city-state doubled the capacity limit on such gatherings less than a month after imposing a 500-person limit.
Attendees must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, natural immunity against the virus or their fully vaccinated status at live entertainment events, sports matches and conferences.
Singapore is gradually opening up as a successful vaccination roll-out continues, with almost 80% of its population having received all of the required doses.
Singapore’s Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said at a recent forum at the Nanyang Technological University: “We are taking a step-by-step approach in opening up and controlling the pace of opening.”
For live music events and performances, the National Arts Council of Singapore said live events can go ahead with 1,000 audience members if pre-event testing (PET) is conducted. If this has not happened, audiences are capped at a maximum of 50 people.
Performers also have to follow COVID-19 protocols, with artists who are singing or playing instruments that “require intentional exclusion of air” having to prove that all performers and crew members have been fully vaccinated, have natural immunity or have had a negative test within 24 hours.
According to the Singapore Tourism Board, business-orientated live events with participants that are mostly seated or standing in a fixed position – for example at meetings, conferences and conventions – are allowed for up to 1,000 fully vaccinated attendees.