Singapore’s Land Transport Authority ‘encourages’ the wearing of masks in taxis and private hire cars even after the rules are lifted

Although masks will still be required on public transport, they will be optional on private bus services such as school buses, company buses and shuttles, as well as taxis and private hire vehicles. — picture TODAY

Thursday, August 25, 2022 9:31 AM MYT

SINGAPORE, August 25 – Wearing a mask is no longer compulsory August 29the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has called on drivers and passengers of taxis and private hire vehicles to continue wearing them.

“While no longer required, drivers and passengers are encouraged to continue wearing their masks to protect themselves and others, particularly if drivers are transporting sick passengers,” LTA said in a statement on Wednesday 24 august.

The statement came hours after the Department of Health announced that face masks will become optional in most indoor settings from next Monday.

Although masks will still be required on public transport, they will be optional on private bus services such as school buses, company buses and shuttles, as well as taxis and private hire vehicles.

Taxi company Premier Taxis and ride-sharing company Gojek both said TODAY they would not require their drivers and passengers to wear masks, but encouraged them to continue to do so.

Likewise, Grab “strongly” encouraged its drivers and partners to continue exercising their personal social responsibility and to wear a mask if they feel unwell.

It has also encouraged its drivers to regularly clean and disinfect their vehicles, improve ventilation by avoiding the use of the vehicle’s air conditioning recirculation mode, and lower the windows if passengers and driver all agree.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced in his National Day Rally speech last sunday that wearing a mask will be soon made optional inside and mandatory only on public transport and in healthcare facilities as Singapore’s Covid-19 situation stabilises.

Following the announcement, most taxi and ride-hailing drivers told TODAY they hoped their passengers keep putting on masks during rides.

For indoor arts and culture venues, the National Arts Council has said mask-wearing will be optional – such as in theaters – in line with changes to the national mandate.

“However, the public is encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as voluntarily wearing masks when in crowded places.”

If live performances take place in health care and public transport facilities, audiences will still be required to wear masks, he added. – TODAY

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