Dear clients and friends,
Thanks to the ICCS support, kindly read below the latest updates from the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Manpower.
Updated Travel Advisory and Travel Restrictions
- 1. From 27 March 2020, 0900 hours, all travellers arriving in Singapore, including residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents) and Long-Term Pass holders (Student’s Pass, Dependant’s Pass, Work Pass and Long-Term Visit Pass Holders), must submit a health declaration before proceeding with immigration clearance.
- They can do so up to three days prior to arrival in Singapore, and must re-submit their health declaration if there are changes to their health condition or travel history before arriving in Singapore.
- Any work pass holder or his/her dependent who leaves Singapore from 27 March 2020 will be deprioritised for entry approval and could see significant delays before they are allowed to return to Singapore if they persist in travelling abroad and return infected.
Stricter Safe Distancing Measures
- With effect from 26 March 2020, 2359 hours, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce will be enforcing stricter measures to limit gatherings outside of work and school to 10 persons or fewer and ensure that physical distancing of at least on metre can be achieved in most settings where interactions are non-transient. These measures are expected to be in place until 30 April 2020 but may be extended if the situation does not improve.
- All events and mass gatherings (e.g. conferences, exhibitions, festivals, concerts, sporting events, trade fairs) must be deferred or cancelled, regardless of size. This is a tightening of the previous requirement where all events and gatherings were to be limited to fewer than 250 participants.
Enhanced Safe Distancing Measures for Businesses
- Existing measures for workplaces continue to apply. Employers should put in place measures to reduce close physical interactions amongst employees. Tele-conferencing should be used in place of physical meetings wherever possible.Where employees can perform their work by telecommuting from home, employers must ensure that they do so.
- The Government will close all bars and entertainment venues such as night clubs, discos, cinemas, theatres, and karaoke outlets, where there is a high risk of transmission due to sustained close contact over a period of time. Other public venues such as retail malls, museums and attractions, where contact is more transient, may remain open.
- Existing measures for food and beverage venues continue to apply. Other activities such as live music or karaoke which are likely to cause patrons to congregate will have to cease.
- Retail malls and attractions that are unable to adhere to these requirements must be closed. Additional penalties may be imposed on those which are found to have been a place of transmission of COVID-19, if the venues are found not to have adhered to these requirements.
- GovTech launched a new app to speed up contact tracing last Friday. You can encourage your members to be part of the contact tracing effort by sharing materials here: go.gov.sg/tt-comms-kit
For more info about business advisory please, kindly refer to the here attached PDF file.