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What is AQZOG plan toward the learn to swim program?

AQZOG Plan for Learn to swim program
In the phase 2 implementation, there is still a stringent rule for swimming and is still not possible to start. Safe distancing are still being observed. There are other few indications that could tell us that we can resume swimming soon, such as the daily update of the COVID-19 cases, the new found COVID-19 vaccine make available, the opening of the airports to allow travellers. Until then, the public will have the confident and the measure could slowly relax to resume swimming safely. So Stay safe Aqzogian.
When will Aqzog Resume private swimming lesson?
When the announcement from MCST (Management Corporation Strata Title) allowed coaching for condo pool, then probably we can resume.
When will Aqzog Resume Group Class Swimming Lessons in Public Pool?
Sportsg has sent out the pool allocation to coaches via email and would be base on successful/ unsuccessful bidding of the pool booking. Read more here.
Will it be a slow start up for swimming?
Yes. Government is carefully opening up the economy, and monitoring the new COVID-19 community cases daily. All these measures will eventually take time and careful planning. Thus it will take a while. Just wait for the government/ Activesg to give us a go ahead signal if any.
What alternative has AQZOG prepared during the CB period?
We have created some online swimming courses base on swimsafer syllabus to prepare them well for the theory here.
What other thing can I do beside doing online course
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Coaches Attachment Matter
My attachment with AQZOG is pending to start/ not complete/ completed. What should I do?
For those of you who has completed the attachment, you will be notified by SSA on the outcome of your attachment result. For coaches who are pending for attachment or half way thru the attachment, we will commerce once the group class is able to start. Meanwhile stay safe and take care.

What you can expect in phase 2 (June 2, 2020 onward)

The Multi-Ministry Taskforce will decide on an appropriate time to move into Phase
Two (“Safe Transition”). In Phase Two, sports facilities, such as gyms and fitness studios,
will be gradually allowed to re-open, subject to the implementation of safe management
practices at the venue and for facility staff and users. The return to sport and physical
exercise/activity under this Phase will be based on the following considerations:

a) Group Size Limitation. Limiting group size and minimising interactions within the
group, allows for community transmissions to be more effectively contained. The
permitted group size may be gradually raised over time.

b) Safe Distancing. Distancing requirements will influence the nature of activities
allowed and the capacity of sports facilities. For instance, safe distancing may
require sport formats involving deliberate body contact between participants to be
deferred until it is less risky. However, technical training drills may still proceed.
Sharing of common equipment would be discouraged. Safe distancing measures
will also apply to non-participants (e.g. observers) outside the field of play / courts.

c) Environmental Factors. Outdoor facilities with better air circulation would carry
lower risks than indoor environments.

With the gradual easing of measures, Singaporeans must remain vigilant and observe safe distancing measures in place to minimise the risk of community transmissions.

As the situation evolves, measures may be amended accordingly. For the latest updates on COVID-19 for sport and physical exercise/activity, please visit sportsingapore.gov.sg. For queries, members of the public can email the SportSG QSM at SPORT_QSM@sport.gov.sg or call 1800-344-1177 during office hours (Mondays to Fridays, 9.00am to 6.00pm).

FAQs FOR GRADUAL RESUMPTION OF SPORT AND PHYSICAL EXERCISE / ACTIVITY AFTER CIRCUIT BREAKER (2 JUNE ONWARDS)
Am I allowed to exercise with my family outdoors?/ Which sport and physical activity are we allowed to do?
While not encouraged, individuals may leave home to walk, run, cycle or engage in other similar exercise, alone, or only with members living in the same household. They should do so in their immediate neighbourhoods, rather than travel unnecessarily to other parts of Singapore. Individuals should not linger after their exercise and should return home immediately after they are done with their exercise. All other exercises must be done at home.
Am I allowed to exercise within my condominiums?
According to BCA’s advisory on 12 May 2020, residents living in strata-titled residential buildings may exercise within the common areas of these private residential developments such as footpaths from 5 May 2020, but must continue to practise safe distancing measures. This includes walking, jogging (with or without pets). Residents are reminded to wear a mask when they go out for exercise.
All sports and recreational facilities within these private residential developments such as playgrounds, pools, gyms, barbeque pits and club houses are to remain closed. Read More
When I am outside, is it compulsory to wear masks at all time?
According to the Multi-Ministerial Taskforce’s announcement on 19 May 2020 and SportSG’s 24 May 2020 “Advisory On Gradual Resumption To Sports And Physical Exercises / Activities After Circuit Breaker (2 June Onwards)”, it is compulsory for all members of the public to wear a mask when they go out for essential services or exercise.

However, you may remove your mask when doing strenuous exercises such as running, jogging, cycling and other similar activities. You must put on your mask after you have completed your exercise. Individuals who do not comply are subjected to fines or prosecutions in court for egregious cases.

Will I be fined if I do not wear a mask when I go outside of my home?
Yes. First-time offenders will be issued composition offers of $300, and repeat offenders will face higher fines or prosecutions in court for egregious cases.

Enforcement officers and ambassadors will be deployed daily across the island to enforce this requirement. Sport Singapore enforcement officers (EOs) can be identified by their corporate attire and the Safe Distancing EO pass and armband:

However, you may remove your mask when doing strenuous exercises such as running, jogging, cycling and other similar activities. You must put on your mask after you have completed your exercise. Individuals who do not comply are subjected to fines or prosecutions in court for egregious cases.

Are all ActiveSG sport facilities closed?
According to the Multi-Ministerial Taskforce’s announcement on 19 May 2020, all ActiveSG sport facilities remain closed to the public in Phase One.
Which facilities within ActiveSG are still open to public?
Tenants at ActiveSG Sport Centres such as F&B outlets, pharmacies, haircut salons and childcare centres will remain open to the public, but F&B outlets will only offer take-away services.
All visitors are required to observe a physical distance of 1 metre between persons at all times. They should not loiter at these premises and should leave promptly after they have been served. See Annex A for the list of tenants that are opened at ActiveSG Sport Centres.
Members of the public are encouraged to remain active, hence why are the ActiveSG sport facilities being closed?
The decision to close all ActiveSG sport facilities is to protect the health and wellbeing of the public. By minimising the gathering and mixing between individuals from different households, we can further reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Read More
Can I bring my family to the stadium to exercise together?
No, all ActiveSG stadiums remain closed in Phase One. We strongly encourage all members of the public to remain active and fit by exercising at home.
I don’t want to miss any of my programmes. Can I still come to your facility?
No, all sport programmes are suspended, and sport facilities remain closed in Phase One.
If I have been telecommuting for work, do I have to return to the office from June 2?
Companies must adopt telecommuting to the maximum extent. Employees who have been working from home so far should continue to do so.
They should go into the office only when the employer can demonstrate that it is necessary, such as to access specialised systems or equipment that cannot be accessed from home, or to complete a contract or transaction that is legally required to be completed in person and on site.
If I have not been able to telecommute for work during the circuit breaker, can I return to my workplace from June 2?
You can return to the workplace if your company is on the list of businesses permitted to resume operations from June 2, and if your employer has put safe management measures in place.
Your employer must also demonstrate the business or operational reasons why you are unable to work from home despite reviewing and redesigning work processes.
Ministry of Manpower (MOM) inspectors will assess the efforts put in by companies to implement work-from-home arrangements, based on whether it is practical for workers to work from home, given the nature of their jobs.
What can I do if my employer has told me I need to return to the workplace, even though I have been telecommuting for work during the circuit breaker?
Employees must telecommute where possible. They can report workplace safety and health issues to MOM via the SnapSafe mobile application. Read More
Which businesses that were previously shut can now reopen from June 2, and which cannot?
School bookshops and retail shops selling school uniforms can resume activities.
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Selected services, including motor vehicle servicing, air-conditioner servicing, basic pet services and full hairdressing services, can also resume.
Businesses that still cannot resume include bars, pubs, nightclubs, theatres and cinemas. They are deemed higher-risk because they draw crowds in an enclosed space.
To manage the risks of transmission, most retail outlets will have to remain closed until further notice. Department stores will remain shut.

Leisure
CAN I GO TO THE MUSEUM?
No. For phase one, all arts facilities and venues, including museums, art galleries and all indoor and outdoor performance venues such as concert halls or black boxes, will remain closed.
CAN I VISIT MY FAMILY/FRIEND OR BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND?
No. You are allowed to visit only your grandparents and parents if they are living elsewhere, or your parents-in-law and grandparents-in-law. They can receive only up to two visitors once a day.

The visitors must also come from the same household. Seniors should not leave their houses to visit family members as this will raise their risk of infection.

Siblings will also not be allowed to visit one another.

But there may be exceptions for seniors who do not have children, and appeals can be made to the Ministry of Health for siblings or nieces and nephews to visit them.

CAN I VISIT MY RELATIVE AT THE NURSING HOME?
No, visits to residential care homes, including nursing homes, will continue to be suspended.

This is because frail seniors living in residential care homes are most vulnerable and there is a need to keep the risk of bringing infection into the homes low. This restriction may be reviewed in phase two. The Agency for Integrated Care will continue supporting homes to use phone or video calls for seniors to keep in touch with loved ones.

CAN I TRAVEL OVERSEAS FOR WORK?
No. The current advisory on travel will still apply until further announcements are made.

Singaporeans should continue to defer all travel abroad.

This will reduce the risk of Singaporeans being infected with the virus when abroad and spreading it to other Singaporeans when they returnAny Singapore resident or long-term pass holder who leaves Singapore from March 27 in disregard of the prevailing travel advisories will be charged unsubsidised rates for their inpatient stay at public hospitals if they are admitted as suspected Covid-19 patients and have onset of symptoms within 14 days of returning to Singapore. ut Singapore is currently exploring the possibility of piloting fast-track immigration arrangements with a few countries assessed to be at equivalent or lower risk of community transmission as Singapore, to which essential travel in limited numbers and with safeguards could be conducted.

Such moves will be assessed and implemented separately from the timing of the three broad phases of reopening, as they are dependent on the volatile global situation.

CAN I GO FOR A STAYCATION WITH MY FAMILY AT A HOTEL?
No. Hotel staycations remain disallowed in phase one.

Many hotels are also still supporting the accommodation needs of healthcare workers, students and foreign workers affected by travel restrictions, among others.

CAN I TRAVEL TO A PARK OUTSIDE OF MY IMMEDIATE NEIGHBOURHOOD TO EXERCISE?
No. If you need to exercise (walking, jogging or cycling), you should continue to do so in your immediate neighbourhood, such as at a park or park connector near you. Do it alone or with individuals who live with you in the same household. All carparks in parks, gardens and nature reserves will remain closed. While at the park, please comply with safe distancing measures and wear a face mask, except when doing strenuous exercises such as running, cycling, brisk walking or walking on hilly terrain.
CAN I HAVE A PICNIC AT THE PARK AND WILL THE BEACH AT EAST COAST PARK BE REOPENED?
No. Gathering in groups in parks, as well as social or recreational activities such as having picnics, group exercising, photography, kite-flying and playing games such as frisbee and football will still not be permitted. The beaches at East Coast Park, Changi Beach Park, Pasir Ris Park, Punggol Point, Sembawang Park and West Coast Park will remain closed. In parks, fishing areas, fitness corners, football fields, food vending machines, among other things, will remain closed.
CAN I WEAR A PLASTIC FACE SHIELD INSTEAD OF A FACE MASK WHEN I GO OUT?
es, you can do so even now, during the circuit breaker period.

The Health Ministry said on its website that any mask, including reusable masks or plastic face shields, offer adequate basic protection for the general public who need to go out of their homes.

But plastic spit guards predominantly covering the mouth are not considered masks.

Can I swim in a public pool, play badminton, go to a playground or book a barbecue pit in my Housing Board estate?
No. Such sports and outdoor recreational facilities in HDB estates will continue to remain closed to the public. They will likely be able to reopen only in phase two, at least four weeks away.
Similarly, tennis courts, pools and other recreational facilities in condominiums remain closed. So will private gyms.
Can I cycle, jog, or exercise with other household members from June 2?
More details will be given in a week’s time.
Can I visit the library?
No. All libraries will remain closed and their on-site services such as book drops and reservation lockers will continue to be unavailable. You will not be fined if you have not returned material that is due. You will have three weeks after libraries eventually reopen to do so.
Will I be able to get a facial, thread my eyebrows, or go for a manicure from June 2?
No, these services remain closed. Beauty salons may continue to sell products online and deliver them to customers.
However, the good news is that hair salons will be able to offer colouring and chemical treatments from June 2.
Can I visit a vehicle showroom?
No. Car showrooms will remain closed and you still cannot test-drive a car. But motor companies can continue to sell vehicles online and deliver them to customers.
Motor workshop services, however, will be allowed to reopen and resume services. Currently, they can tend to only emergency cases.
Housing
Can my freelance cleaner or part-time maid come to my house?
No. Such home-based cleaning services are not allowed to resume.
Can I view a showflat?
No. Property viewings still cannot be conducted in person. But you can do so virtually.
As for property agents, while they still cannot meet clients face to face, they can do so where the clients’ physical presence is legally required to complete a transaction. The meeting must take place in the office of the real estate company.
Can I start renovation works on my new home?
All construction work, including home renovation, will need approval from the Building and Construction Authority before they can restart. Priority will be given to projects that had started before the circuit breaker and were suspended.
New renovation works will depend on factors such as whether the renovation contractor has sent its workers to be tested for Covid-19. More details will be announced later this week.
Education
WILL SCHOOLS TRY TO HAVE LESSONS IN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOMS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, AS IT MAY BE DIFFICULT FOR STUDENTS TO HAVE LESSONS IN STUFFY CLASSROOMS WHILE WEARING MASKS?
As part of safe management measures, schools will use well-ventilated venues for lessons. Students who have underlying conditions that may be aggravated through the prolonged use of masks, or who may feel uncomfortable wearing a mask, can consider using a face shield instead.
ARE STUDENTS ALLOWED TO HAVE MEALS TOGETHER IN SCHOOL CANTEENS? DINE-IN SERVICES ARE NOT ALLOWED AT MOST OTHER CANTEENS, LIKE COMMERCIAL CANTEENS.
Yes, provided they observe safe distancing measures in the canteen, like sitting at spaced intervals.
HOW WILL SCHOOLS STAGGER ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL TIMES?
To reduce congestion, schools will stagger arrival and dismissal times in various ways, such as according to the academic level of the students or mode of transport (for instance, letting students who take the school bus leave first).

Schools will continue to take care of students’ well-being even as they optimise the staggering. Please look out for the specific instructions of your child’s school, which will plan the various moves based on the profile of the students and traffic situation.

Can students wear a face shield instead of a face mask when they go back to school?
Yes, they can choose between a face shield and a face mask.
Can private home tuition resume?
No. Just as tuition and enrichment centres remain closed, face-to-face lessons by private tutors will remain suspended in phase one. Tutors and students can continue with online classes.
Food and drinks
Can I buy bubble tea from a retail shop?
No. Outlets selling predominantly beverages, such as alcohol and bubble tea, are still not allowed to reopen. Food and beverage outlets, food caterers and canteens are permitted to open, but can provide only takeaway and delivery options.
Business
WHICH BUSINESSES THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY SHUT CAN NOW REOPEN FROM JUNE 2, AND WHICH CANNOT?
Selected services, including motor vehicle servicing, air-conditioner servicing, basic pet services and full hairdressing services, can also resume.

Businesses that still cannot resume include bars, pubs, nightclubs, theatres and cinemas. They are deemed higher-risk because they draw crowds in an enclosed space.

To manage the risks of transmission, most retail outlets will have to remain closed until further notice. Department stores will remain shut.

CAN I TAKE DRIVING LESSONS?
No. Driving lessons will not be allowed to resume.
Are money changers allowed to reopen?
It depends. Applications to resume business will be approved by the Monetary Authority of Singapore on a case-by-case basis.
This depends on whether a money changer is able to restrict the number of staff on site to ensure safe distancing, and whether it can implement safe management measures at its outlets.
Can maid agencies reopen?
No. Maid agencies are not allowed to reopen their physical outlets. They can continue to operate online.
CAN MY DOMESTIC HELPER GO OUT AND MEET HER FRIENDS ON HER DAY OFF?
No. Foreign domestic workers should continue to stay at home on their rest days after the circuit breaker period. Like the rest of the community, they should not meet their friends or gather in public spaces during phase one. However, they can continue to go out to do essential errands and buy meals. But they must return home immediately after these errands are done. If a maid needs to go out for a limited time on her rest day, she needs to arrange with her employer to do it only on a weekday, wear a mask, follow all safe distancing measures and activate the TraceTogether app to facilitate contact tracing.
Will shops selling health products such as vitamins and supplements be allowed to reopen?
No. To manage the risks of transmission, most retail outlets, including those selling health supplements, will have to stay closed until further notice. They may continue to sell their products online and fulfil the orders through delivery.
Will commercial visa application centres reopen?
No. They cannot reopen their physical outlets but can continue to operate remotely.
Can I meet my insurance agent?
No. Insurance agents still cannot have face-to-face meetings with clients, except where the physical presence of the client is legally required to complete transactions. These meetings must take place in the office of the insurer.
Pets
Can I send my pet to be groomed?
Yes, basic grooming, animal physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for pets can restart on June 2.
But there will be restrictions. Grooming, for instance, includes the maintenance of skin and fur, teeth brushing, emptying of anal glands and medicated baths. It excludes cosmetic styling of pets’ fur and spa baths.
If you are taking your pet for physiotherapy or rehabilitation, you will need a referral from a vet.
All services must be by appointment. Non-essential services such as pet-sitting, daycare for animals, walking, boarding and the sale of pets will remain prohibited.
Worships
CAN I VISIT THE COLUMBARIUM OR THE CEMETERY?
No. All government-managed columbaria, including Mandai Columbarium, will remain closed until further notice. Choa Chu Kang Cemetery will also remain closed.
MY SIBLINGS AND I LIVE SEPARATELY. CAN I PRAY TOGETHER WITH MY SIBLINGS WHEN WE GO TO THE CHURCH, TEMPLE OR MOSQUE?
No. Worshippers may pray individually or together only if they are members of the same household, when places of worship reopen for private worship from June 2.

Members of the same household refer to the people who live in the same residence as you, and not family members who live elsewhere. A place of worship can have up to five households at any one time for private worship.

But these different households are not allowed to physically interact, and have to keep a safe distance from one another at all times.

CAN I ASK RELIGIOUS WORKERS TO CONDUCT RELIGIOUS RITES (FOR EXAMPLE, BAPTISM, COMMUNION, MEDIUM PRAYERS, RECEIVING HOLY ASH) AS PART OF PRIVATE WORSHIP?
No. Private worship refers only to prayers and other forms of worship that are performed by an individual worshipper alone or with his household group.

In phase one, religious workers are not allowed to conduct religious rites and ceremonies in places of worship, except for marriage solemnisations and funeral-related activities.

CAN HOME CHURCHES OR TEMPLES RESUME SERVICES?
No. Places of worship that are located in residential units must remain closed to external visitors.

These are subject to the prevailing restrictions on homes and households, where visits and inter-mingling of households are not allowed, except for visits to parents or grandparents living elsewhere in phase one.​

Preschoolers
MY CHILDREN ARE ENROLLED IN THE SAME PRE-SCHOOL, BUT ARE IN DIFFERENT COHORTS AND ARE THUS DUE TO RETURN ON DIFFERENT DAYS. CAN THEY RETURN TO PRE-SCHOOL TOGETHER ON THE SAME DAY?
The phased return of children to pre-schools will help reduce crowding and ease children back into the school routine. Parents are encouraged to adhere to the schedule.

However, parents who have exceptional needs and require caregiving support ahead of the scheduled return dates may approach their child’s pre-school to work out a suitable arrangement.

I DON'T THINK MY CHILD WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP HIS MASK ON THROUGHOUT THE DAY. WILL HE STILL BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND PRE-SCHOOL?
Children in pre-schools may use face shields as an alternative to masks. Pre-school staff will encourage and guide children above two years old to keep their masks or face shields on.

However, pre-schools have also been advised to be sensitive to their needs and exercise flexibility.

I PREFER TO KEEP MY PRE-SCHOOL CHILD AT HOME UNTIL THE COVID-19 SITUATION IMPROVES. CAN I RECEIVE A WAIVER OF THE MINIMUM ONE-DAY ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT FOR APPLICABLE CHILDCARE SUBSIDIES?
Yes. Your pre-school should inform the Early Childhood Development Agency to seek a waiver of the attendance requirement for subsidies.