Singapore will loosen some workplace rules as the city-state sees Covid-19 infections easing off their peak, even while it braces for a potential “omicron wave.”

Up to 50% of fully-vaccinated individuals who can work from home will be allowed to return to the office from Jan. 1, the Ministry of Health said in a statement Tuesday, although social gatherings at the workplace still aren’t allowed. 

But with preliminary data on the new virus strain suggesting that it is at least as transmissible as the delta variant and may carry a higher risk of re-infection, the government said it would put in place additional measures to prepare to deal with the spread of omicron in the community.

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