Three options to allow for groups of 5 vaccinated diners to eat at coffee shops, canteens: Amy Khor

SINGAPORE: From Monday (Mar 7), canteens and coffee shops here will have three options to accommodate groups of up to five people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to dine in at these eateries while also facilitating vaccination checks. 

Senior Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment Amy Khor said on Sunday that for these eateries, vaccination-differentiated safe management measures (VDS) can be implemented based on area, time or both. 


For area-bound VDS, coffee shops and canteens can cordon off a specific area, with access control and vaccination checks, to allow for groups of up to five people to dine in, Dr Khor said in a Facebook post. 

“Beyond this cordoned area, only 2 pax dine in will be allowed in the area where there are no vaccination checks by a staff (member),” she said.

Time-bound measures meanwhile will allow for coffee shops and canteens to have groups of up to five people dining in at their entire premises at stipulated timings between 5pm and 10.30 pm daily, with access controls and vaccination checks implemented during these times.

Outside of this time period, only groups of two will be allowed to dine in, Dr Khor said.

The final option will see coffee shops and canteens adopt both area and time-specific measures for groups of five to dine in, if they cordon off a specific area along with implementing access control and vaccination status checks during the stipulated timings between 5pm and 10.30 pm daily.

Beyond the cordoned area and timing, only groups of two will be allowed to dine in.

In response to CNA queries, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said that all three new options are in-line with current VDS requirements, which allow only vaccinated people to dine in.


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