Passengers on all Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights must now wear a face mask throughout the flight under new rules issued by the Singapore's Civil Aviation Authority.
Masks are already mandatory in public throughout Singapore under the strict 'circuit breaker' measures introduced on April 14, and visitors remain barred from the island nation, as do transit passengers changing planes at Changi Airport.
However, Singapore Airlines won't be issuing masks – passengers will need to bring their own.
In addition, Changi Airport says that "all passengers on flights to Singapore will also be required to undergo a verbal health declaration and temperature checks before boarding the aircraft at the point of origin."
While the Civil Aviation Authority says that passengers must "observe safe distancing measures throughout the flight," Singapore Airlines refines this to apply only "when embarking and disembarking from a flight, as well as when queueing for the lavatory."
Passengers on flights to Singapore will also undergo a basic health assessment before boarding the aircraft. This includes a verbal health declaration and temperature checks.
Meal services will be suspended for all Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights within South East Asia and to China, with passengers being handed "a snack bag with water and refreshments" upon boarding.
Singapore Airlines and SilkAir continue to fly a skeleton schedule of around nine jets to just 15 destinations across May and June 2020, representing a staggering 96% capacity reduction.