July 05, 2021 5:00 AM

This year’s National Day Parade (NDP) will return to the Marina Bay floating platform as a centralised, in-person event, but with fewer participants and spectators. Covid-19 precautions require all participants and spectators to be fully vaccinated. Performers must undergo antigen rapid testing before every rehearsal, even if rehearsals are held in smaller groups, while spectators must undergo pre-event testing. The staging of the NDP in this way attests to the cautious but determined approach being taken to move towards a greater sense of normalcy and overcome the stifling effects of the coronavirus pandemic through a combination of testing, tracing and vaccination. The NDP will provide metaphorical affirmation of the need to treat Covid-19 as an endemic condition, and enable a return to routines, as far as is possible, while still mindful that the disease may never be eradicated completely.