As most readers should already be aware, TraceTogether and SafeEntry will no longer be needed for most venues starting from 26 April.
You shouldn’t delete your TraceTogether applications, because the key phrase here is ‘for most venues’.
Ergo, there are still some instances and/or places where your vaccination status will be checked.
Why is TraceTogether Still Necessary?
I know, I know, most of us have a love-hate relationship with TraceTogether.
It’s probably one of the top reasons why your phone battery is dying faster because you forgot to turn off your Bluetooth for nth time, it’s a hassle to have to scan a QR code everywhere you go, for others, you might just dislike the fact that the government knows of your whereabouts.
“Stop judging me for the amount of bubble tea I consume please, or that the venue is in my favourites list.”
Or if you’re Iris Koh, the application is the bane of your existence and the very source of “discrimination” you loathe. Now that it isn’t necessary anymore, I can imagine that she’s throwing a mini party somewhere.
That being said, TraceTogether is still the best method to prove your vaccination status.
While Food & Beverage (F&B) establishments such as hawker centres and restaurants will no longer have any SafeEntry checkpoints, there will be random and arbitrary checks conducted by the safety management personnel milling around.
For events or gatherings that have more than 500 people, like nightclubs, weddings or galas, Vaccination-Differentiated Safety Measures (VDS) still apply.
We’re near the finish line, but we’re not quite there yet.
How TraceTogether Works
In the past, the TraceTogether Token or application was consistently used as a contract tracing tool.
However, as Health Minister Ong Ye Kung has explained in the past, such methods are no longer necessary when the majority of the eligible population are already vaccinated.
Most of the VDS measures have been nullified, to the point where we’re reached pre-pandemic conditions.
Therefore, the purposes that TraceTogether and SafeEntry used to serve have been rendered useless for the most part.
Starting from 26 April, the TraceTogether program will continue to collect data in the background, but the data will be automatically purged after 25 days.
Whereas for larger gatherings where SafeEntry checks are still required, the data will be purged the very next day.
Endemic, Not Free-demic
Lastly, while Singapore has tided over the Omicron-dominant wave, the coronavirus still lingers in the periphery.
Hence, it’s better to maintain a certain level of precaution, in case another variant of concern rears its ugly head again.
Even if the worst-case scenario happens, Singapore can easily transition back to the old protocols without a hitch to protect the public’s health and safety.
We can still celebrate the fact that we’re finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and if there are no unforeseen circumstances, this new posture and normalcy is here to stay for good.
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