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Singapore Covid-19 Wedding Regulations Under Phase 3 by the Ministry of Health (MOH)

Singapore has entered Phase 3 of Covid-19 pandemic recovery. Since the start of Phase 3 on 28 December 2020, the maximum capacity for wedding is 100 persons for external venue.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) allow couples to hold ONE wedding reception in venues that are permitted to serve food and drinks (e.g. restaurants, hotels), held on the same day as the solemnisation or on a separate day. This minimises the risk to the community. Please note that any meal exceeding the existing group size for social gatherings, if held back-to-back with the solemnisation, shall be deemed a reception. 

Here are some things to note:

SOLEMNISATIONS

SOLEMNISATION AT THE FOLLOWING VENUES:
• Places of worship
• HDB common areas
• Other external venues
CAPACITY: Maximum of 100 persons for the entire event, or the safe capacity of the venue, whichever is lower. This cap excludes the licensed solemniser, the interpreter (if any), vendors and premise staff should be kept to a minimum.

All attendees, including the “wedding party”, must be assigned to only one zone. Regardless of the number of zones, entering an unassigned zone is not allowed, except for the wedding couple, who may do so briefly e.g. to take photos. Arrangements must also be made to ensure attendees from different zones do not meet each other at entrances or exits. For instance, organisers could deploy ushers at the entrances and exits of each zone. Within each zone, there must be no intermingling and mixing between the wedding party and other groups of guests or between groups of guests.

1. Sitting Arrangements
a. Guests should be split into fixed groups of up to 8 persons each, with no intermingling or mixing between groups. An exception may be made for a designated core “wedding party” comprising up to 20 persons (this includes the bride and groom, and the 2 witnesses).
b. At least one metre of safe distancing must be observed between groups, as well as between the “wedding party” and other groups, at all times.
c. If the total number of attendees is between 50 to 100 persons, attendees must be split into multiple zones of up to 50 persons in a zone. All attendees, including the “wedding party”, must be assigned to one zone only, and there must be no entering of unassigned zones. An exception is made for the wedding couple, who may enter an unassigned zone briefly e.g. to take photos.
d. Venue operators and owners holding these events must ensure that the physical set-up and event arrangements are in accordance with the above groupings and other safe management measures.

2. Use of Face Masks
a. The bride and groom must use face masks or face shields throughout the solemnisation process. In addition, they may remove their masks and/or face shields for key moments of the solemnisation, which includes the exchanging of vows, rings, to kiss and during march-ins/outs. However, the bride and groom must maintain a 2-metre distance from the rest of the attendees of the solemnisation whenever masks and face shields have been removed.
b. All attendees are to wear masks at all times. Masks may be removed momentarily for photo-taking, but must be put on immediately after photos.

3. Food and Beverage
a. Food and beverages are not allowed to be served as part of the solemnisation event. However, couples may hold one reception either on the same day as the solemnisation or on a separate day.

4. Contact Tracing
a. All attendees must take their temperature, check-in and out to the event using SafeEntry.
b. All guests should download and activate TraceTogether before attending the event.
c. You must also declare to your solemniser your guest and vendor list at least 1 day before the solemnisation. This list must be available on-site for verification/ checking.

5. High-risk Activities
a. Live instrumental music (except for the playing of wind instruments) is allowed at solemnisations in indoor venues (subject to respective venue operators’ policies), with the necessary safe management measures in place. Performers must maintain a minimum 1m safe distancing from one another and from audience members. All other live performances including singing and dancing remain disallowed.
b. ROM(M) does not allow any live performances, including live instrumental music at the ROM(M) Building.

SOLEMNISATION AT THE FOLLOWING VENUES:
• Homes
• The Registry of Civil and Muslim Marriages (ROM/ROMM) Building
• Designated areas at the National Museum of Singapore operated by ROM
CAPACITY: In Phase 3, the hosting household will be able to invite up to 8 visitors (excluding members of hosting household, the solemniser and vendors), even if this exceeds the existing cap of 10 persons.
Hosting household will refer to those who are registered to stay in the place of residence that the solemnisation will be held at, e.g. based on the address reflected on the NRIC, occupant list in the lease / tenancy agreement etc.

1. Sitting Arrangements
a. Maintain a safe distance from those from a different household.

2. Use of Face Masks
a. The bride and groom must use face masks or face shields throughout the solemnisation process. In addition, they may remove their masks and/or face shields for key moments of the solemnisation, which includes the exchanging of vows, rings, to kiss and during march-ins/outs. However, the bride and groom must maintain a 2-metre distance from the rest of the attendees of the solemnisation whenever masks and face shields have been removed.
b. All attendees are to wear masks at all times. Masks may be removed momentarily for photo-taking, but must be put on immediately after photos.

3. Food and Beverage
a. Food and beverages are not allowed to be served as part of the solemnisation event. However, couples may hold one reception either on the same day as the solemnisation or on a separate day.

4. Contact Tracing
a. All attendees must take their temperature, check-in and out to the event using SafeEntry if held at external venue.
b. All guests should download and activate TraceTogether before attending the event.
c. You must declare to your solemniser your guest and vendor list at least 1 day before the solemnisation. This list must be available on-site for verification/ checking.
d. You will also need to declare your guests and vendors to ROM during your Verification of Documents and Statutory Declaration appointment.

5. High-risk Activities
a. Live instrumental music (except for the playing of wind instruments) is allowed at solemnisations in indoor venues (subject to respective venue operators’ policies), with the necessary safe management measures in place. Performers must maintain a minimum 1m safe distancing from one another and from audience members. All other live performances including singing and dancing remain disallowed.
b. ROM(M) does not allow any live performances, including live instrumental music at the ROM(M) Building.
c. Receptions and other activities outside of the solemnisation are not permitted in place of worship or the ROM(M) Building.

WEDDING RECEPTIONS

The Ministry of Health (MOH) allow couples to hold ONE wedding reception in venues that are permitted to serve food and drinks (e.g. restaurants, hotels). It must be held within a day.

CAPACITY: Maximum of 100 persons will be allowed for the entire event, subject to the venue’s capacity limit based on safe management principles. Vendors and premise staff should be kept to a minimum.

The wedding reception can be split into lunch and dinner if it is at the same venue and entire event is completed within a day. This is subject to the overall attendance of the entire event being capped at 100 unique persons, the number of people in each time slot not exceeding 50 pax. Wedding receptions across different premises are not allowed, although the event may take place in multiple rooms within the same premises managed by the same operator. 

If your solemnisation and reception are held separately, they need not be the same 100 people. However, you are encouraged to keep your number of social contacts to a minimum to reduce the risk of large clusters forming. If the reception takes place at the same location right after the solemnisation, the entire event (solemnisation and reception) is limited to the same 100 persons (or lower based on the venue capacity). 

Guests must be assigned to one time slot only, and can only be present in their assigned timeslot. Only the “wedding party” (up to 20 pax) may remain between time slots. There must be a minimum of 30 minutes between time slots, where cleaning and disinfection at the event space (e.g. common/shared surfaces such as seats) and other common areas (e.g. toilets) must be conducted. 

Arrangements must also be made to ensure attendees from different zones do not meet each other at entrances or exits. For instance, organisers could deploy ushers at the entrances and exits of each zone. Within each zone, there must be no intermingling and mixing between the wedding party and other groups of guests or between groups of guests.

Prevailing safe management measures must be strictly adhered to:

1. Table Arrangements
a. Guests should be split into fixed groups of up to 8 persons each, with no intermingling or mixing between groups. An exception may be made for a designated core “wedding party” comprising up to 20 persons (this includes the bride and groom, and could include both sets of parents and the bridal party).
b. At least one metre of safe distancing must be observed between groups, as well as between the “wedding party” and other groups, at all times.
c. Venue operators and owners holding these events must ensure that the physical set-up and event arrangements are in accordance with the above groupings and other safe management measures.

2. Use of Face Masks
a. All attendees are to wear masks at all times, with the exception of the bride and groom who may wear face shields instead. Masks may be removed momentarily for photo-taking.

3. Food and Beverage
a. Self-service buffets are not allowed. Consider serving bento set meals or food that is plated individually.
b. No sale or consumption of alcohol is allowed after 10.30pm.

4. Contact Tracing
a. All guests should check-in to the event using SafeEntry.
b. All guests should download and activate TraceTogether before attending the event.

5. High-risk Activities
a. There must be no live singing and performances, cheering, loud toasting (yam seng) or shouting during the reception. Live performances, including live instrumental music, are not permitted for receptions as attendees will be un-masked when food and drinks are served.
b. A 1-metre distance between the photographer and the subject(s) of photography must be maintained at all times. However, there must be no intermingling between the wedding party and guests. For photo-taking, at least one-metre safe distancing must be observed between the wedding party and other groups, as well as between groups, at all times.

OTHER WEDDING-RELATED ACTIVITIES

Including customary rites and ceremonies.

Tea ceremony is not allowed in a place of worship or in the ROM(M) Building. This will be regarded as separate from the solemnisation ceremony, as activities involving food and beverages are not allowed to be conducted as part of the solemnisation ceremony. The tea ceremony before or after the solemnisation will be subject to the prevailing safe management guidelines for general gatherings (e.g. no more than eight visitors in a home).

Nonetheless, the tea ceremony can be held as part of a wedding reception, amongst the “wedding party” of 20 persons, and must take into account the prevailing national guidelines for that activity.

Disclaimer:
1. Information taken from MOH press statement and the Singapore Government Agency Website as at 23 September 2020.
2. Updated information and SOP was taken from Singapore Government Agency Website and MOH press statement as at on 28 December 2020. Kindly check the Singapore Government Agency Website for latest updates.
3. This article should not be evidence in a court of law. It is simply an attempt to make understanding of the actual content.

Update as at 28 December 2020

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