To enable more economic and social activities, including large-scale events, to resume in a safe manner, the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Singapore has piloted the use of pre-event testing as one of the measures to mitigate the risk of a COVID-19 positive case being present at an event.
This complements the suite of safe management measures that have been put in place, including mask-wearing, safe distancing, group size and capacity limits which remain the core measures to reduce the risk of transmission.
Although the use of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) swab tests is the definitive test for the confirmation of COVID-19 cases, the process from the point of swab to the release of results takes about 24 to 48 hours. This length of time is not feasible for pre-event testing. Given the need for shorter turnaround time, the pre-event testing will be using antigen rapid tests (ARTs) which can return fairly accurate results quickly, within half an hour.
For event organisers, companies and businesses
Osler Health International can work with event organisers to provide the ART (Antigen Rapid Test) for their participants and also with companies and organisations to provide testing prior to business meetings and events.
Companies that wish to enable their workforce to return to work in a safe environment can also consider the ART as a clearance test.
If you are a participant planning to attend an event and have been informed by the event organiser to visit a testing facility for the ART, Osler Health International can conduct the test at either our Raffles Hotel Arcade or the Star Vista clinic.
The testing is done within a 24-hour timeframe from the end of the event and a valid certificate will be provided