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World Economic Forum attendees will not need to serve SHN: MOH

Nicholas Yong
·Assistant News Editor
·1-min read
A man walks past a sign of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at the Congress Centre in Davos, eastern Switzerland
A man walks past a sign of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at the Congress Centre in Davos, eastern Switzerland

SINGAPORE — Attendees at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) special annual meeting in August will not be required to serve a Stay-Home Notice (SHN), said the Senior Minister of State for Health Janil Puthucheary on Tuesday (16 February).

Instead, both local and foreign attendees will be subject to "rigorous testing arrangements", as well as safe management measures (SMM) such as mask-wearing, safe distancing and the compulsory use of TraceTogether (TT) technology.

Dr Puthucheary was responding to Sengkang Member of Parliament He Ting Ru's parliamentary query on whether WEF attendees will be subject to an SHN and what other SMM measures will be implemented, in order to prevent the WEF meeting from turning into a super spreader event.

He added that there will also be physical segregation of event attendees from the local community. "This will reduce the risk of infections spreading from event attendees to the local community at large, and vice versa."

In the coming months, MOH will continue to assess the COVID-19 situation locally and globally, and adjust the public health measures for the event as necessary.

The WEF and the Singapore government had previously announced that the summit in Singapore will be postponed to August from May, in light of global travel restrictions and the international challenges in combating the virus.

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