TAMIL SERVICE - 7:45AM
CONTEMPORARY SERVICE - 10AM
PUNJABI SERVICE - 12PM
ENGLISH SERVICE - 5PM
Moving into Phase Three of re-opening for religious activities
EXTRACTS FROM MCCY GUIDELINES ISSUED ON 14 DECEMBER 2020
From 28 Dec 2020, ROs may conduct congregational and other worship services at places of worship, with up to 250 persons (an increase from 100 persons today) at a time (excluding religious and supporting workers, whose numbers should be kept to a minimum), subject to safe management measures and the safe capacity of the premises.
For congregational services exceeding 50 persons, worshippers have to be segregated into zones holding no more than 50 persons each.
a. As there should be no mingling of individuals across zones, each zone must be completely separated from another by either a physical solid partition (at least 1.8m high if not floor-to-ceiling, from wall-to-wall); or at least 3m physical spacing demarcated by continuous physical barriers (e.g. rope barrier).
b. There must either be a separate ingress/egress for each zone or staggered entrance/exit timings so that worshippers from different zones do not mix with one another during entry/exit.c. ROs must also take reasonable steps to ensure that worshippers do not cross the physical barrier (where applicable) or enter another zone that they are not assigned to.
ROs should also observe the following safe management measures for worship services:
a. Keep worship services to as short a duration as possible. There must be no reception or mingling between worshippers, before, during or after each worship service.
b. All persons present (except children below 6 years of age) must wear a face mask at all times. Young children are still strongly encouraged to use a mask or face shield, especially when they are in a group setting (e.g. attending worship service or religious class) or when interacting with others.
c. From 28 Dec 2020, live performance elements will be permitted during the worship service at places of worship, with the necessary safe management measures in place.
i. Up to 10 persons who are involved in the conduct of the worship service are allowed to unmask at any given time, of which up to 5 persons can be unmasked for singing. Persons should only unmask when required to perform their duties.
ii. There must be at least a 3-metre setback between persons involved in the conduct of live performance elements and worshippers.
iii. Other than those allowed to unmask for singing, all others (including members of the audience) are not allowed to sing during the worship service.
d. There should be no sharing of prayer and other common items (e.g. holy books, passing of offertory baskets, prayer mats) as this increases the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Worshippers are to bring along their personal prayer items instead, where required.
e. Places of worship with reduced air circulation (e.g. enclosed prayer spaces, air-conditioned worship hall) should, where possible, open doors and windows to naturally ventilate the space after each use.
TraceTogether and SafeEntry
TraceTogether-only SafeEntry, where the TraceTogether App or Token is required for SafeEntry check-ins, will be made mandatory for places of worship and other public premises by early next year. This will be after everyone who wants a TraceTogether Token has had a chance to collect one at a Community Club or Centre in their constituency.