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Is it premature to lift Covid-19 mask-wearing rules, or time to move on? TODAY readers weigh in

Should Singapore lift its mask-wearing rule on public transport and in healthcare venues? TODAY readers discussed the topic this week, after infectious disease experts said that now is a good time to do away with these public health safety requirements.

Singapore has kept the spread of Covid-19 under control, experts noted, adding that with people mingling freely in public, the remaining rules on mask-wearing have become “redundant”.

Readers were divided on the issue, with many saying it was premature to relax the requirements especially on crowded buses and trains. Others, however, said that people should be allowed to decide for themselves when to wear masks, and that it was time to move on from compulsory mask-wearing.

“Only wear masks in hospitals and clinics but not necessary on public transport.” MANMATHAN RAJA


“(We) should still wear masks in hospitals and other medical facilities, and of course common sense should still prevail: Wear a mask if you’re coughing or mildly sick. Let people decide.” PATRICIA ANTHONY

“Never judge another person who still needs to wear a mask. There’s absolutely no reason for anybody to explain to the whole world as to why they need to keep their mask on.” M FENG ZHANG

“Those who want to continue wearing (masks) go ahead and stop preaching others to do the same.” BROWN BROWN

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