Singapore will relax virus-related curbs from Monday, allowing five people from different households to sit together at restaurants, although ministers cautioned against expecting further major changes this year.

“We are now transiting towards living with COVID-19 and I know many or some prefer to open up more quickly, but we must do so in a very careful and step-by-step manner,” Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong said at a multi-ministry task force briefing on Saturday.

After the city-state saw a declining in the growth rate of daily coronavirus infections, the limit on social gatherings will be increased to five people, up from two, and visits to hospitals and residential care homes will be extended to those who are medically ineligible for vaccination from Dec. 1.

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