Updated Measures Implemented to Safeguard Singapore
CLOSING ITS BORDERS
23 March: Closing its borders to short-term visitors and placement of SHN and LOA on selected groups:
The Ministry of Manpower would only allow the entry/ return of work pass holders, including their dependents, for those providing essential services, such as in healthcare and transport.
4 March: Precautionary measures previously announced
All travellers entering Singapore and exhibiting fever and/or other symptoms of respiratory illness are required to undergo a COVID-19 swab test at the checkpoint, regardless of travel history.
24 March : Enhanced Precautions for UK/US Returnees from 25 March 2020, 2359 hours
To prevent potential spread of infection imported from UK and US returnees to their family members, hotel operators will provide dedicated facilities for the returnees to serve their 14-day SHN. These SHN requirements will be strictly enforced so as to reduce the risk of community transmission from imported cases.
24 March: Placement of Leave of absence in schools
In light of the recent spike in imported cases in Singapore, MOE and MSF will implement the following two additional precautionary measures for preschool and primary school students, to protect our younger students:
Students staying in the same household as a person who has returned to Singapore from any country from Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 2359hr, will be placed on 14-day Leave of Absence (LOA).
Students and staff of schools, preschools and student care centres returning from overseas on or after 14 March will be place on 14-day LOA issued.
STEPPING UP OF SAFE DISTANCING MEASURES
20 March: Safe-distancing measures across industries
In order to reduce the risk of local transmission, requirements and advisories for events and gatherings, workplaces and public venues have been set. This is to limit large crowds gathering in close proximity over a prolonged duration.
All Other Schools
MOE will be implementing the following measures in primary and secondary schools, Special Education (SPED) schools, Junior Colleges and Millennia Institute to minimise congregation of students in large numbers:
i. Large group and communal activities such as assemblies, camps and mass celebrations will be suspended.
ii. Recess times in schools will be staggered.
The Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs)
There will be suspension of all official overseas placements, including all internships and exchange programmes, until end-July. Students who are currently on such overseas placements will be recalled as soon as is practicable.
Suspension of senior-centric activities
From 11 March, all senior-centric activities at community clubs, residents’ committees, Senior Activity Centres, Active Ageing Hubs, CREST Centres, Health Promotion Board and ActiveSG sport centres will been suspended. National Silver Academy (NSA) courses and volunteer programmes administered by the Council for Third Age have also been suspended for the same period.
In addition, all organisers of activities that involve physical interactions amongst seniors should suspend such activities from 22 March to 7 April. These include senior-centric courses, activities and interest groups, as well as events, performances, and other gatherings targeted at seniors.
Seniors must continue to be active during this period.
Organisers of senior-centric activities are encouraged to organise activities which do not require close contact between seniors, such as by using online platforms. For example, seniors may tap on a new video series broadcast on zaobao.sg that brings exercise, singing and cooking activities online for them.
24 March: STRICTER Regulations on safe distancing and physical separation
On 24 March 2020, MOH has announced stricter safe distancing measures to limit gatherings outside of work and school to 10 persons or less, and ensure that physical distancing of at least 1m can be achieved in most settings where interactions are non-transient.
The COVID-19 multi-ministry task force announced that gatherings outside school and work will be limited to a maximum of 10 people from 26 March at 11.59pm to Apr 30 and measures may be extended if the situation does not improve.
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