Singapore has piloted Covid-19 antigen rapid tests (ART) for delegates pre events which provides results within 30 minutes.

Delegates attending Singapore International Energy Week (October 26-30) at Marina Bay Sands must undergo antigen rapid tests (ART) before entering the event.

Energy Week, organised by the Singapore Energy Marketing Authority, is regarded as a significant event in the gradual re-opening of conferences and business events in order to revive the city state’s economy.

Hosting around 250 delegates, this is the first event under Singapore Tourism Board’s Safe Business Events Framework guidelines and the premier one in which pre-event Covid-19 testing is applied.

Tests are conducted with swabs, and delegates must download a contact-tracing app and await their results before entering the conference.

Anyone with a positive result is directed to an isolated site for the more sensitive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the result.

Meetings take place in zones of up to 50 people and mask-wearing is mandatory. Delegates grouped five to a table and seated a metre apart from one another.

Singapore Fintech Festival in December will be the next major business event using a similar model.