As of today (29 August), we’re no longer required to wear a mask except in healthcare facilities and public transport. However, it seems like if you go maskless, you’re part of the minority instead.
Here’s more on Singaporeans’ mask-wearing preferences, as revealed by a YouGov survey.
More Masks On in Indoor Areas
We’ve had to wear masks since April 1912. Or was it April 2020? I can’t remember.
But after more than two years of complaining about how hot mask-wearing is, you would’ve thought that people were excited to get their masks off.
However, most people are still choosing to keep their masks on. About 60% of residents would mask up all the time in private transport, airports, and train stations.
Additionally, about 48% of respondents said they’ll mask up in shopping centres, and 33% to 37% masking up at indoor events, festivals, places of worship, cinemas, and indoor workplaces.
Wearing Masks to Feel Less Vulnerable?
Private transport, airports, train stations, indoor events and festivals were all ranked amongst the places where people feel most vulnerable to COVID-19. About 40% or more respondents said that they feel the most uncomfortable at these places.
Interestingly, about 35% and 32% of respondents indicated greater discomfort in nightlife establishments and cinemas respectively. Does the dark give us a false sense of security?
Additionally, about 30% or less indicated discomfort visiting malls, places of worship, indoor workplaces and F&B establishments. These data suggests that Singaporeans are still more comfortable with their masks on, especially in public spaces seen as more vulnerable.
The wariness goes down to only 10% for friends or family member’s houses, indicating higher comfort levels around people we trust.
Observations: Definitely More than 50% Still Masked Up
If you talked to anyone who tried walking around without a mask on today, they probably said that it felt a little illegal.
In fact, we observed that there were definitely more than 50% of people masked up in indoor workplaces and in malls. It’s almost about 80%, in fact. You can read more about it here.
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