RESUMPTION OF MORE RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES IN PHASE TWO
EXTRACTS FROM MCCY GUIDELINES ISSUED ON 18 JUNE 2020
11. Places of worship may resume congregational and other worship services, starting with up to 50 persons at a time (excluding religious and supporting workers, which should be kept to a minimum), subject to safe management measures.
12. Places of worship should observe the following safe management measures for worship services:
a. Worshippers have to observe 1 metre safe distance between others.
b. Keep worship services to as short a duration as possible. Worshippers should leave immediately after performing their worship. There should be no reception or mingling between worshippers, before, during or after each worship service.
c. All persons present must wear a face mask at all times.
Those who are involved in the conduct of the worship service (e.g. preachers, prayer leader, scripture reader)
may wear a face shield when performing their speaking duties and must be at least 1 metre away from any other
d. Singing and other live performances are not permitted during the worship service. Singing is considered a higher risk activity as it could potentially release a larger amount of droplets. Places of worship may consider alternatives to singing and other live performance components in their worship services.
e. 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.
f. 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 use.
Advice for Vulnerable Groups
In Phase One, MOH has defined two (2) vulnerable groups:
• People aged 60 and above – this will include many who are still active in the workforce, the family, the community and the church (staff, volunteers and members).
• People of any age with compromised immune systems, or who are suffering from
various chronic illnesses, including high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, etc.
Members from vulnerable groups are NOT yet encouraged to join these onsite services. Please join in our online services. You can request with the Pastoral Team for Holy Communion to be administered to you at home.