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NDP to be postponed to Aug 21; National Day Rally will be held on Aug 29, Singapore News & Top Stories

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SINGAPORE – The National Day Parade (NDP) this 12 months will be postponed to Aug 21 after the tip of the most recent Covid-19 restrictions, stated the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) on Thursday (July 22).

The announcement got here as Singapore reverted to stricter measures beneath part two (heightened alert) for a month beginning on Thursday, and that is scheduled to final till Aug 18, after National Day.

A ceremonial parade will be held on Aug 9 as an alternative to mark Singapore’s 56th 12 months since independence. It will be comparable to the one held final 12 months on the Padang, however will happen on the Marina Bay floating platform, added Mindef.

The heartland fireworks and Red Lions shows beforehand introduced to be held on Aug 7 and eight will be cancelled.

The NDP rehearsal beforehand deliberate for July 24 and the preview on July 31 have additionally been postponed, stated Mindef.

The Prime Minister’s Office stated on Thursday evening that the National Day Rally will now be held per week later on Aug 29.

To put together for the NDP on Aug 21, rehearsals will be carried out later in smaller part teams, stated Mindef, including that their dates will not be introduced in order to discourage crowds from gathering round Marina Bay.

“Since 1966, the NDP has been held every year to mark Singapore’s independence. This national event brings together Singaporeans from all walks of life, as one united people to affirm our unity and nationhood,” stated Mindef.

“The changes this year will enable NDP 2021 to be held in safer conditions, while maintaining that cherished tradition.”

Singapore tightened restrictions for a month following the emergence of a big cluster linked to Jurong Fishery Port, which has unfold to greater than 30 moist markets and meals centres islandwide.

Among different measures throughout this era, eating in at eateries is just not allowed, group sizes for social gatherings have been capped at two, and individuals are suggested to minimise social interactions.

Asked by reporters whether or not NDP will carry on, Finance Minister and co-chairman of the multi-ministry activity power on Covid-19 Lawrence Wong had stated on Tuesday (July 20) that National Day was “not just any other occasion”, and the intention was to proceed with the parade.

But he added that Mindef was reviewing the conduct and scale of the parade, and to be certain that needed protected administration measures for any rehearsal or occasions main up to the parade are in place.

The newest determination on Thursday evening got here after the police had earlier within the day introduced street closures across the floating platform, reminiscent of in Raffles Avenue and Temasek Avenue, for Saturday’s rehearsal, which is named Combined Rehearsal 4. The launch was rescinded shortly after it was despatched to the media.

NDP this 12 months is deliberate to be a centralised, in-person occasion on the float. Precautions taken embrace requiring all members and spectators to be totally vaccinated.

Performers should endure antigen speedy testing earlier than each rehearsal – even whereas rehearsals happen in smaller teams than in years previous – whereas spectators should endure pre-event testing.

The plan was for spectators to be individuals who have labored on the entrance traces or in important roles, or those that stepped up amid the pandemic as neighborhood volunteers, though the whole quantity had not been introduced.

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, within the first official feedback about this 12 months’s NDP, had stated final month that a part of why NDP was to be held as a live occasion was the necessity to be taught to live with Covid-19 as an endemic illness.

Preparations and rehearsals for this 12 months’s parade had been beneath manner. A mixed rehearsal was held on the floating platform on July 17, and the Red Lions parachutists had made check jumps in Ghim Moh and Bishan on July 15.

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