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SAFE MANAGEMENT MEASURES FOR EXPANSION OF MICE EVENT PILOTS
IN SINGAPORE

Updated as of 21 June 2021

IMPORTANT

1. On 10 June 2021, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) announced that Singapore will move back to Phase 3 (Heightened Alert) in two steps as part of a calibrated re-opening.

2. Due to the persistence of undetected community transmission cases, we are recalibrating our reopening plans for higher risk activities.

3. These measures will be relaxed further from mid-July 2021, subject to the prevailing public health situation in Singapore. The information in this circular (which includes its annexes) supersedes that in previous advisories or statements.

Key updates for MICE event pilots:

i. With effect from 14 June 2021:

    a. MICE event pilots can have up to 250 participants at a time, with mandatory Pre-Event Testing (PET) for all participants (local and foreign) except for exempted individuals;

    b. PET will not be required for MICE events with 50 or fewer participants unless specially required by MTI;

    c. Participants with photos taken by professional photographers1 (up to 10 unmasked participants at a time) will be allowed to unmask.

    d. Ensure participants adhere to prevailing national guidelines e.g. participants must be seated in groups of not more than 5 (except during meals or tea breaks) and must have at least 1 metre distance between groups of participants at all times.

ii. With effect from 21 June 2021:

    a. Food and beverages can be served and consumed at MICE event pilots (including tea breaks). There must be no more than 2 participants per group (i.e. no more than 2 participants per banquet round table) and a distance of at least 1 metre must be maintained between participants at all times. When no food and beverages are served, participants may be seated in groups of 5 and a distance of at least 1 metre must be maintained between participants at all times.

    b. Speakers up to 10 at a time) will be allowed to unmask. Please note that speakers at MICE event pilots taking place between 14 and 20 June 2021 (both dates inclusive) are not allowed to unmask.

    c. Ensure that there is no pre-recorded music (including background music), video, live performance, speech or presentation when meals (including tea breaks) are served.

iii. With effect from mid-July 2021 (date to be announced later):

    a. Food and beverages can be consumed at MICE event pilots (including tea breaks). There must be no more than 5 participants per group (i.e. no more than 5 participants per banquet round table) and maintain at least 1 metre distance between participants at all times

    b. Ensure that there is no pre-recorded music (including background music), video, live performance, speech or presentation when meals (including tea breaks) are served.

iv. For forward planning purposes, Event Organisers may continue to engage STB on applications for MICE event pilots with up to 750 participants. However, please note that all approvals and MICE event pilots will still be subject to the safe management measures applicable at the time.

3.        MICE events refer to business-oriented events such as meetings, conferences and exhibitions arranged or held in the course of business2 with more than 50 participants which are not held for individual consumers to attend. Events that are substantially social, recreational, political or religious in character, such as company D&Ds, networking events or gala dinners, do not fall within the MICE events contemplated here.

4.        The total operating capacity per session will include all participants of the event, including exhibitors, media attending the event, speakers, participants’ liaison officers, etc. EO staff who are also participating in the event (e.g. as speakers, audience members, etc) are included in the total operating capacity. All other EO staff and external service providers are excluded.

5.        In order to further mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission amongst large-scale events, mandatory Pre-Event Testing (PET) using the Antigen Rapid Test (ART) or the Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (PCR Test) is required for individuals who are attending events with more than 50 participants at a time, except for exempted individuals3. EOs must adhere to the PET requirements stipulated on MOH’s PET website4. The ART and PCR Test results are only valid for 24 hours from the time the participants register at the testing premises to take the test. All participants (both local and foreign) must have a valid negative test result before they are allowed entry to the MICE event venue each day. EOs can either arrange for the MOH-approved COVID-19 test to be provided at the event site or request for participants to be tested in advance at MOH-approved COVID-19 test providers5. For events with less than 50 participants at a time, participants on a Controlled Itinerary (CI) are required to undergo mandatory PET.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION FOR PILOTING OF MICE EVENTS

6.     Under the Safe Business Events (SBE) framework, EOs must implement SMMs which will meet the 5 outcomes required for the piloting of MICE events in a safe and controlled manner. The SMMs must span a participant’s entire journey, at least 60 minutes before, during and at least 60 minutes after the MICE event.

7.     To hold a MICE event, an EO must submit an application for STB’s assessment and support for the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) to approve the EO carrying out the event.

8.     Each MICE event and its related marketing efforts may be carried out only after receiving written approval from MTI. Please note that MTI has the right to impose stricter/additional SMMs or vary some SMMs. EOs must submit their application at least 1 month prior to each MICE event. STB and MTI will take up to 14 business days to assess each application.

9.     Please refer to Annex A and Annex B for the checklist on Safe Management Measures for Safe Business Events framework in Phase 3 (Heightened Alert) and illustration of SMMs respectively.

10.    For forward planning purposes, Event Organisers may continue to engage STB on applications for MICE event pilots with up to 750 participants. However, please note that all approvals and MICE event pilots will still be subject to the safe management measures applicable at the time.

 

EVENTS INDUSTRY RESILIENCE ROADMAP

11.    The Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) collaborated with STB and Enterprise Singapore (ESG) to formulate an Events Industry Resilience Roadmap (IRR)6. The roadmap provides guidance on safety management measures and best practices. Event organisers, suppliers and venues may refer to the IRR for guidelines on implementing and operationalising STB’s Safe Business Events (SBE) framework at your events. 

 

ENFORCEMENT OF MEASURES

12.    STB will conduct enforcement checks to ensure compliance with SMMs. Enforcement action will be taken against the Event Organisers and Event Venues (collectively, EOs) who hold MICE events without registering with STB or receiving the necessary approval from MTI and/or who fail to comply with the necessary SMMs. Action may also be taken against EOs who conduct events that were not included in the event application and/or approved by MTI.

13.    Under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act passed in Parliament on 7 April 2020, first-time offenders will face a fine of up to S$10,000, imprisonment of up to six months, or both. Repeat offenders will face a fine of up to S$20,000, imprisonment of up to twelve months, or both. Businesses that are not compliant may be ordered to cease business activities or close altogether. Under the Infectious Diseases (Mass Gathering Testing for Coronavirus Disease 2019) Regulations 2021, EOs that fail to comply with requirements thereunder will face a fine not exceeding $10,000 and participants that fail to comply will face a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.  Businesses that are not compliant may also be ineligible for government grants, loans, tax rebates and other assistance.

14.    For any enquiries, please contact businessevents@stb.gov.sg.

 

1Such photography is only allowed where it is taken by staff of photography businesses listed under SSIC codes beginning with 742 and media businesses with SSIC codes beginning with 58 to 63. Freelancers have to be registered with ACRA, unless the business is carried out in their full name as reflected in their NRIC.

2a) to discuss or negotiate matters relating to trade, commerce or finance, professional practice or matters, health, arts, science, technology, industry, economics, industrial relations, security, international affairs, the environment or any other cause or matter, whether or not of a similar kind; (b) to temporarily exhibit or display goods of any kind for the purposes of sale or supply; or (c) to promote the trading of goods or the provision of services.

3Please refer to MOH’s website for the list of exempted individuals here: https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/pet 

4https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/pet 

5The list of MOH-approved COVID-19 test providers can be found here: https://www.moh.gov.sg/licensing-and-regulation/regulations-guidelines-and-circulars/details/list-of-covid-19-swab-providers

6The Event IRR is a public-private partnership focused on three strategic objectives: (a) establishing best-in-class standards for new event safety measures, (b) creating agile business models with a focus on digital capabilities, and (c) developing pathways for professional development in a post COVID-19 world. More information on the IRR can be found here: https://saceos-irr.wixsite.com/website

 

SINGAPORE TOURISM BOARD
Updated as of 21 June 2021

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

EVENTS

1. On 10 June 2021, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) announced that Singapore will move to Phase 3 (Heightened Alert) in two steps as a calibrated re-opening.

2. The new measures for re-opening will take effect from 14 June 2021. Further measures for re-opening will take effect from 21 June 2021, subject to the prevailing public health situation in Singapore. The information in this circular (which includes its annexes) supersedes that of previous advisories or statements.

3. These measures will be relaxed further from mid-July 2021, subject to the prevailing public health situation in Singapore. The information in this circular (which includes its annexes) supersedes that in previous advisories or statements.

Key updates for MICE event pilots:

i. With effect from 14 June 2021:

    a. MICE event pilots can have up to 250 participants at a time, with mandatory Pre-Event Testing (PET) for all participants (local and foreign) except for exempted individuals;

    b. PET will not be required for MICE events with 50 or fewer participants unless specially required by MTI;

    c. Participants with photos taken by professional photographers1 (up to 10 unmasked participants at a time) will be allowed to unmask.

    d. Ensure participants adhere to prevailing national guidelines e.g. participants must be seated in groups of not more than 5 (except during meals or tea breaks) and must have at least 1 metre distance between groups of participants at all times.

ii. With effect from 21 June 2021:

    a. Food and beverages can be served and consumed at MICE event pilots (including tea breaks). There must be no more than 2 participants per group (i.e. no more than 2 participants per banquet round table) and a distance of at least 1 metre must be maintained between participants at all times. When no food and beverages are served, participants may be seated in groups of 5 and a distance of at least 1 metre must be maintained between participants at all times.

    b. Speakers (up to 10 at a time) will be allowed to unmask. Please note that speakers at MICE event pilots taking place between 14 and 20 June 2021 (both dates inclusive) are not allowed to unmask.

    c. Ensure that there is no pre-recorded music (including background music), video, live performance, speech or presentation when meals (including tea breaks) are served. 

iii. With effect from mid-July 2021 (date to be announced later):

    a. Food and beverages can be consumed at MICE event pilots (including tea breaks). There must be no more than 5 participants per group (i.e. no more than 5 participants per banquet round table) and maintain at least 1 metre distance between participants at all times

    b. Ensure that there is no pre-recorded music (including background music), video, live performance, speech or presentation when meals (including tea breaks) are served.

iv. For forward planning purposes, Event Organisers may continue to engage STB on applications for MICE event pilots with up to 750 participants. However, please note that all approvals and MICE event pilots will still be subject to the safe management measures applicable at the time.

Up to 50 participants at a time 51 to 250 participants at a time

Up to 50 pax per zone

Safe distancing of at least 1metre between individuals at all times

PET required for all foreign participants who are on a Controlled Itinerary, and any local residents and Business Travel Pass (BTP) holders with recent travel history.

PET required for all participants*

*PET exemptions are subject to prevailing SMMs. More information on PET exemptions can be found at https://go.gov.sg/pet.

 

A: PERMISSIBLE EVENTS

1.     What constitutes a MICE event?

a.    MICE events refer to business-oriented events such as meetings, conferences and exhibitions arranged or held in the course of business2 with more than 50 participants which are not held for individual consumers to attend. Events that are substantially social, recreational, political or religious in character, such as company D&Ds, networking events or gala dinners, do not fall within the MICE events contemplated here.

b.    With effect from 14 June 2021 as part of Phase 3 (Heightened Alert), businesses can apply to the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to organise MICE events with capacity limits of up to 250 participants at a time (5 zones of 50 at a time) with PET and up to 50 participants at a time without PET.

c.    Event Organisers (EOs) can also apply to organise B2B events where cohorting into sub-cohorts of 20 pax is no longer required.

d.   All MICE event applications with more than 50 participants must be submitted to STB for approval by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI).  EOs must demonstrate their ability to implement the rigorous Safe Management Measures (SMMs) under STB’s Safe Business Events (SBE) framework3.

e.   Work-related events also do not fall within the MICE events contemplated here. These include consumer-facing events (such as product launches, marketing/branding events) and work meetings (among colleagues or with external parties), training, board meetings, HR talks, townhalls, seminars, corporate retreats, Annual/Extraordinary General Meetings, tender briefings to vendors and award ceremonies. The Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) had previously announced that work-related events of up to 50 persons are permitted to be held outside of workplaces/own premises with effect from 22 October 2020. More details on the MTF’s announcement can be found here. FAQs on the Ministry of Manpower’s Workplace SMMs can be found here.

2.     What events are currently permitted^?

Updated as of 21 June 2021


Event Type


Venues
 

Location Within workplace/ enterprise’s own premises Third party venues
(i.e. Venues outside of workplaces/enterprise’s own premises) e.g. function rooms
Work-related events
  • Up to 50 persons* at any time or the maximum number of individuals which the room or venue may accommodate if there is a distance of at least one metre between any 5 individuals, whichever is lower; and 
  • At least 1 metre spacing between individuals at all times

E.g. Conferences, seminars, corporate retreats, Annual General Meetings, Extraordinary General Meetings, tender briefings to vendors, commemorative ceremonies, ground-breaking ceremonies, award and promotion ceremonies. Participants may include external parties such as business associates, customers as well as members of associations etc.

* Excludes premises staff at third party venues

 

In-house training
without 3rd party service provider

 

Training & educational courses by Education Business

  • Up to 50 persons** at any time, or the maximum number of individuals which the room or venue may accommodate if there is a distance of at least one metre between any 5 individuals, whichever is lower; and 
  • At least 1 metre spacing between individuals at all times 

Please refer to GoBusiness Singapore website for more information on Education and Training.

** Excludes premises staff at third party venues

Consumer-facing events
  • Up to the premises’ venue operating capacity, subject to the implementation of safe management measures 
  • Up to prevailing group size limit of 5 customers per group.
  •  At least 1 metre spacing between groups of 5 or fewer customers (prevailing group size) at all times

E.g. Product launches, store openings and marketing and branding events at enterprise's retail premises

  • Up to 50 persons (including all persons and vendors except premises staff) at any time
    or

  • The maximum number of individuals the room or venue may accommodate to ensure a distance of at least one metre between any 5 individuals, whichever is lower 
  • Up to prevailing group size limit of 5 customers per group
  • At least 1 metre spacing between groups of 5 or fewer customers (prevailing group size) at all times.

E.g. Product launches, roadshows, fairs, marketing and branding events at hotel function rooms

Roadshows/ fairs are not allowed at public transport nodes, HDB areas, mall atriums, etc. These events are only permitted in hired function centres.  

^Please note that the prevailing respective sector specific requirements and Safe Management Measures under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020 and the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Performances and Other Activities – Control Order) Regulations 2020 continue to apply.

Workplace events which are substantially recreational or social in nature (such as gala dinners, networking functions, company D&Ds) are currently not permitted.

Food and drinks are not allowed at work-related and consumer-facing events. Higher risk activities such as singing, and the playing of wind/brass instruments are also not allowed to resume at corporate/enterprise events.

Please see details on the updated Requirements for Safe Management Measures (SMMs) at the Workplace by the Ministry of Manpower here. Separately, you may find the FAQs on Workplace SMMs here.

 

B: MICE EVENT PILOTS

3.     How can we start organising a MICE event under STB’s MICE event pilots?

a.    For MICE events of up to 250 participants4 at a time with PET under the STB Safe Business Events Framework, Event Organisers and Event Venues (collectively, EOs) must submit a joint application, including an event proposal to STB. 

b.    EOs must demonstrate their readiness and capabilities to implement the Safe Management Measures (SMMs) required to meet the five outcomes to pilot MICE events in a safe and controlled manner.

c.    STB and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (“MTI”) will review the submitted event proposal and EOs may proceed only upon obtaining MTI’s written approval.

 

   STB MICE Event Pilots
Adherence to Safe Business Events (SBE) Framework
Location

 

Third Party Venues

(e.g. External venues such as function rooms in hotels or convention centres, or attractions)

Event Type

Meetings, Conferences, Exhibitions

  • Not consumer facing (B2C) (e.g. roadshows, product launches, fairs, marketing and branding events etc.)
  • Not predominantly social in nature
  • Not predominantly internal facing (e.g. attended by employees only)

 

Examples A business-oriented event attended by professionals or business entities to exchange knowledge or to discuss a particular subject, a trade association convening for an education session or panel discussion etc.
Safe Management Measures (SMMs) Comply with STB’s Safe Business Events (SBE) Framework
Zone/Groups
  • Limited to ≤ 2 pax per group5(during meals and tea breaks)
  • Limited to ≤ 5 pax per zone6(events with no meals or tea breaks served)
  • Limited to ≤ 50 pax per zone
 

 

4.     How do I apply? How long is the application process?

a.     The application form must be jointly completed by both the Event Organiser and Event Venue (collectively, EOs).

b.     We strongly encourage EOs to submit their applications as early as possible (preferably 3 months in advance) to cater sufficient time for planning, registration and marketing. Minimally, EOs should submit their application at least 1 month before the event date.

c.     Each MICE event and its related marketing efforts may be carried out only after receiving approval from STB and MTI.

d.     Please note that STB and MTI will take up to 14 business days to assess each application.   

 

5.    Can I apply for my event (up to 750 participants) which is scheduled for the later part of the year to resume? I would need to start event planning, production and marketing.

a.     Yes. For forward planning purposes, Event Organisers may continue to engage STB on applications for MICE event pilots with up to 750 participants. However, please note that all approvals and MICE event pilots will still be subject to the safe management measures applicable at the time.

b.     Please refer to the application process and processing times in para 4 above.

 

6.     Is Pre-Event Testing (PET) required at MICE event pilots? Who is exempted from PET?

a.     With effect from 14 June 2021, PET will be required for all participants at MICE events with more than 50 participants at a time (up to 250pax at a time). PET exemptions are subject to prevailing SMMs. More information on PET exemptions can be found at https://go.gov.sg/pet.

b.     For more information on the procedures and protocols for PET at MICE pilot events, please refer to the Event Organisers’ guide to PET here: https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/pet

7.    Does the EO have to ensure a valid PET result at each entry/exit point to the MICE event venue for MICE pilot events spanning multiple days and venues?

a.        For MICE pilot events that require PET, EOs must ensure that signages are displayed prominently at every exit and entry point(s) of the event venue (including emergency exits) specifying that access to the MICE event venue is restricted to participants who have a negative test result.

b.        EOs must take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure an individual who is not able to present an Acceptable Document7does not enter or remain at the MICE event venue. EOs must refuse entry if the individual refuses to show the proof of Acceptable Document when asked. Refer to MOH PET website8 for the list of Acceptable Documents.

c.        EO must ensure that the identity reflected in the Acceptable Documents corresponds with the identity of the individual being checked for entry.

 

8.    Are there limitations to the event venues allowed under the STB MICE event pilots?

a.        There is no restriction to the types of event venues allowed as long as the venues can be hired as a function centre and are able to comply with SG Clean standards as well as implement measures under the Safe Business Events Framework.

 

9.    Can foreign delegates attend MICE events in Singapore?

a.    Singapore has implemented travel arrangements with some countries to facilitate travel while safeguarding public health.

b.    Foreign delegates from these countries may submit their request to enter Singapore through such arrangements to attend approved MICE pilot events.

c.    While in Singapore, foreign delegates on a Controlled Itinerary (“CI”) must pre-declare their movements and adhere to certain movement restrictions as stipulated under the CI. As part of the CI, they may also be required to undergo PCR tests on specified days of their visit.

d.    Additionally, all foreign participants who are on a CI will also be required to undergo daily PET (regardless of event size) before they can enter a MICE event. Other COVID-19 tests (e.g. PCR tests) done pursuant to other testing requirements (e.g. Reciprocal Green Lane, Rostered Routine Testing) can be used at entry checks, provided that the event is within the Validity Period.

e.    Please refer to ICA’s website for the list of countries and the respective requirements here.

 

10.  Do event organisers need to confirm the venue before submitting the application form?

a.    Yes, the application will need to be jointly submitted by the Event Organiser and Event Venue (collectively, EOs).

b.    Any application received without the relevant information pertaining to the venue will be rejected.

c.    If the venue is changed after the application is submitted or approved, EOs will need to re-submit the event application. Should this happen, please note that the application processing time will also be affected.

11.  Can I host multiple sessions of 250 participants per event?

a.   With effect from 14 June 2021 as part of Phase 3 (Heightened Alert):

i. MICE event pilots can have up to 250 participants at a time, with mandatory Pre-Event Testing (PET) for all participants (local and foreign) except for exempted individuals;

ii. PET will not be required for MICE events with 50 or fewer participants unless specially required by MTI;

iii. Participants with photos taken by professional photographers9 (up to 10 unmasked participants at a time) will be allowed to unmask.

iv. Ensure participants adhere to prevailing national guidelines e.g. participants must be seated in groups of not more than 5 and must have at least 1 metre distance between groups of participants at all times.

b.   MICE events can host more than one session of up to 250 participants on the same event day or across multiple event days, with the relevant Safe Management Measures in place. Participants of one session must not intermingle at the event venue with participants of another session. Illustration of a MICE event programme with >1 session:

  Illustration for a 250-pax event with PET
Time Activity
9am – 12pm Session A (5 zones of 50pax)
12pm – 1pm Crowd dispersal for Session A and disinfection
1pm – 2pm Arrival and registration for Session B
2pm – 6pm Session B (5 zones of 50pax)

 

c.     For avoidance of doubt, EOs can continue to hold single-session events (i.e. 1 session of up to 5 zones x 50pax).

d.    STB will continue to monitor and review the implementation of SMMs at such events.

 

12.  Should participants remain in the same zone throughout the whole event? What if my event takes place across multiple days?

a.    Local and foreign participants who are not on a Controlled Itinerary may be assigned to a different zone for each new session of an event. For example, a local participant may be assigned to different zones for the morning and afternoon sessions of the same event, on the same day. This will also allow new participants to join on different sessions/ days.

b.    If a zone includes any foreign participants on a Controlled Itinerary, all participants must remain in that same zone throughout each event day, regardless of the number of sessions per day. For multi-day events, foreign participants may be assigned to a different zone for each new event day.

 

13.  How will the SMMs apply to events with an exhibition component?

a.    Organisers are allowed to include a manned exhibition component in their event applications. Please refer to the updated Safe Business Events Framework.

 

14.  Do the capacity limits of 250 participants include exhibitors?

a.    Yes, the capacity limit applies to all participants at the event, except EO staff, staff employed by the venue (e.g. janitors, security) and external service providers. For avoidance of doubt, EO staff who are also participating in the event (e.g. as speakers, audience members, etc) are considered participants and must be included in the total operating capacity.

 

15.  When will large scale business events be allowed to resume?

a.    The safe resumption of MICE events requires close coordination and partnership between public and private sector stakeholders. Given the need to act quickly and decisively in order for our economy to emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis, the Emerging Stronger Taskforce10 (EST) under the Future Economy Council (FEC) has convened the Singapore Together Alliances for Action (“Alliances”), which are industry-led, Government-supported coalitions that will act quickly by prototyping ideas on key opportunity areas for Singapore.

b.    Recognising health and safety as key imperatives, the Alliance on Enabling Safe and Innovative Visitor Experiences has developed a prototype for safe tradeshows and exhibitions – these are larger events which would not have been permitted to resume in their pre-COVID-19 format. The prototype has been developed in partnership with the private sector and will provide delegates with the degree of interaction they would normally be accustomed to in a regular tradeshow setting – but in a far safer way which minimises infection risks. This was first tested at a new event in November 2020 called TravelRevive – powered by ITB Asia & STB.

c.    STB will continue to support the resumption of business events in a safe and calibrated manner and will advise on the general resumption of larger-scale events in due course.

 

C: OTHER EVENT RELATED QUERIES

16.    What is the role of the Event Organiser and Event Venue? Who would be penalised in the event of a contravention?

a.      Both the Event Organiser and Event Venue are jointly responsible for the events taking place under their purview. In the event of any contravention, Enforcement Officers will investigate the facts and circumstances leading to the contravention to determine which party is liable, or if both parties are liable.

 

17.    As a venue operator or other occupier of the venue, can I have multiple events at different parts of my venue?

a.     Yes. If multiple concurrent events are taking place at different parts of the same venue, the venue operator or other occupier must ensure that each MICE event pilot does not exceed the total participant capacity11 and with all safe management measures in place. E.g. not more than 250 participants at a time in each event space during Phase 3 (Heightened Alert). 

b.    Please note that you will need to comply with the Safe Management Measures listed in the Safe Business Events Framework. The event venue and respective EOs must work out a plan to stagger the movement of participants within each zone to ensure that participants of each zone would not be able to intermingle with participants from other zones.

 

18.   Do event spaces larger than 930sqm need to comply with the 8sqm per attendee requirement?

a.     With effect from 14 June 2021, event spaces that exceed 930sqm must ensure that there are no more than 250 participants in the event space at a time. Event spaces that exceed 930sqm no longer need to be further bound by the 8sqm per attendee requirement unless specially required by MTI.

 

19.   Are live performances permitted at MICE event pilots?

a.    Live performances are currently not permitted as part of the overall programming for the MICE event pilots.

 

D: FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR MICE EOs

20.  What are some of the financial assistance available for EOs?

               i.         Marketing and Visitor Experience

 a.         EOs with new products and experiences which will improve the overall visitor experience and increase the attractiveness of Singapore to visitors can tap on the Experience Step-Up Fund (ESF). Some examples include the development of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) products which showcase Singapore during the conference, contactless technology which enhance delegate experience etc.

 

              ii.         Technology and Innovation

b.         Separately, there is the Productivity Solutions Grant (PSG) under Enterprise Singapore (ESG) which encourages enterprises to continue digitalisation and productivity upgrading efforts. EOs can refer to the list of supportable solutions and identify relevant solutions that best suit your business needs on the PSG website. Some of the pre-scoped IT solutions and equipment include virtual meeting and telephony tools, temperature screening solutions, video analytics for crowd management, autonomous floor cleaner, fleet management, etc to support local enterprises in their digitalisation and productivity efforts.

 

 c.         If you’re taking this period to rethink your company’s current business models or redesign your work processes to be more efficient, there is the Business Improvement Fund (BIF) which aims to encourage technology innovation and adoption to improve productivity and competitiveness. Companies could also leverage on technologies and customised solutions to make routine tasks more efficient. These could include the development of an integrated e-registration system to serve the needs of your clients, automation of cleaning processes at event venues which integrates Artificial Intelligence (AI) navigation to clean floors without human intervention, or customised hybrid meeting solutions which enable simultaneous broadcast of multiple sessions on a single platform etc.

 

            iii.         Financing Schemes

d.    Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) can also consider the Enterprise Financing Scheme – SME Working Capital Loan (EFS-WCL) and Temporary Bridging Loan Programme under Enterprise Singapore to seek help with working capital and cashflow needs.

 

1Such photography is only allowed where it is taken by staff of photography businesses listed under SSIC codes beginning with 742 and media businesses with SSIC codes beginning with 58 to 63. Freelancers have to be registered with ACRA, unless the business is carried out in their full name as reflected in their NRIC.

2(a) to discuss or negotiate matters relating to trade, commerce or finance, professional practice or matters, health, arts, science, technology, industry, economics, industrial relations, security, international affairs, the environment or any other cause or matter, whether or not of a similar kind; (b) to temporarily exhibit or display goods of any kind for the purposes of sale or supply; or (c) to promote the trading of goods or the provision of services.

3Under STB’s Safe Business Events framework introduced in July 2020 for events of up to 50 participants, EOs must achieve five key outcomes. The framework was created in consultation with the industry and is aligned with international best practices. More information here.

4Participants of the event include attendees, exhibitors, media attending the event, speakers, participants’ liaison officers, etc. EO staff who are also participating in the event (e.g. as speakers, audience members, etc) are included in the total operating capacity. All other EO staff and external service providers are excluded.

5Group size when meals (including tea breaks) are served may increase to 5 from mid-July 2021 (date to be announced later).

6Group size takes reference from Singapore’s prevailing group size limit, e.g. 5 pax with effect from 14 June 2021, Phase 3 (Heightened Alert) when no meals or tea breaks are served.

7The list of Acceptable Document can be found on https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/pet

8https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/pet

9Such photography is only allowed where it is taken by staff of photography businesses listed under SSIC codes beginning with 742 and media businesses with SSIC codes beginning with 58 to 63. Freelancers have to be registered with ACRA, unless the business is carried out in their full name as reflected in their NRIC.

10The Emerging Stronger Taskforce (EST) was formed under the Future Economy Council (FEC) to review how Singapore can stay economically resilient and build new sources of dynamism to emerge stronger from COVID-19. The EST is co-chaired by Minister for National Development, Mr Desmond Lee and Group CEO of PSA International, Mr Tan Chong Meng, and comprises 15 members from various sectors, including businesses and trade associations and chambers.

11The participant capacity requirement for a venue where a business event takes place, or is to take place, refers to the requirement that limits the total number of participants who are or may be allowed to be present within the participants’ area of the venue at any one time during the crowd management period of the business event.