Singapore to ease curbs as virus cases fall

Singapore will slowly ease a month-long partial lockdown after the curbs stemming a COVID-19 outbreak, authorities said.

The city-state has weathered the pandemic largely unscathed but saw an uptick in local transmissions recently as new variants spread.

Fresh restrictions were introduced in May, including a cap on the size of social gatherings at two, the closure of schools and a ban on dining-in at restaurants.

With cases falling steadily, maximum sizes for gatherings were lifted to five from June 14, and bigger groups will be allowed at events like live performances.

If the situation remains under control, more restrictions will be lifted from June 21 — including a resumption of restaurant dine-ins, while people will be allowed to work out at gyms without masks.

However, employees who can work from home must continue to do so. Schools have been closed since last month amid fears that new variants were affecting youngsters more.

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