Ongoing Measures Implemented by MOH to Safeguard Singapore
Border restrictions in view of the increase in imported cases from European countries.
From 15 March 2020, all new visitors with recent travel history to Mainland China (except Hubei province), France, Germany, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, and Spain within the last 14 days will notbe allowed entry into Singapore, or transit through Singapore.
From 15 March 2020, the following returning groups will be issued with a Stay-Home Notice (SHN):
Residents (Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents) with recent travel history to Mainland China (except Hubei province), France, Germany, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, and Spain within the last 14 days; and
Long-term pass holders (including work passes, Student’s Pass, Dependant’s Pass, and Long- term Visit Pass) with recent travel history to Mainland China (except Hubei province), France, Germany, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, and Spain within the last 14 days.
(Persons returning from Hubei province are subject to quarantine.)
From 16 March 2020, all travellers (including Singapore Residents, Long Term Pass holders, and short-term visitors) entering Singapore with recent travel history to ASEAN* countries, Japan, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom within the last 14 days will be issued with a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN). In addition, they will have to provide proof of the place where they will serve the 14-day SHN, for example a hotel booking covering the entire period, or a place of residence they or their family members own. They may also be swabbed for testing for COVID-19, even if asymptomatic.
In addition to the above, all short-term visitors who are nationals of any ASEAN country will have to submit requisite information on their health to the Singapore Overseas Mission in the country they are resident before their intended date of travel. The submission will have to be approved by Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) before travel to Singapore, and the approval will be verified by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at the Singapore checkpoints. Short-term visitors who arrive in Singapore without the necessary approval will be denied entry into Singapore. They are therefore advised to secure the approval before making definitive travel bookings. *ASEAN countries besides Singapore: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam.
Additional Precautionary Measures
Since 4 March 2020, 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.
With immediate effect, all such travellers will also be issued a 14-day SHN, which they will have to serve in full even if the result of the swab test is negative. Those who meet the clinical suspect case definition will be conveyed to the hospital for follow-up.
With immediate effect, Singapore will cease port calls for all cruise vessels.
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.
Events and Gatherings
All ticketed cultural, sports and entertainment events, with 250 participants or more, are to be deferred or cancelled. For events that have already been committed (e.g. tickets sold), organisers must demonstrate that satisfactory precautionary measures have been put in place before they can proceed.
For all other mass gatherings including private functions and religious services, organisers are advised to put in place the following precautions:
i. Reduce the scale of events to below 250 participants where possible;
ii. Reduce the crowding of participants and improve ventilation. For example, participants could be seated at least a metre apart from one another, and be advised to reduce contact with others (e.g. avoid shaking hands);
iii. Put in place temperature and health screening measures, as well as turn away persons who are unwell; and
iv. Put in place measures to facilitate contact tracing if needed, such as obtaining contact details of participants
- Participants are also advised to practise social responsibility - monitor their own health condition and avoid attending gatherings and events if unwell.
Owners/ tenants of venues which are accessible to the public are advised to put in place measures to reduce close contact by patrons/customers, where possible. For instance:
i. Dining venues could set seats at least a metre apart;
ii. Entertainment venues and tourist attractions (e.g. casinos, cinemas, theme parks, museums, and galleries) could limit the number of visitors at any one time, and/or increase spacing among visitors; and
iii. Sports centres with indoor facilities (e.g. gyms, private academies) could limit the number of patrons, introduce physical separation measures, increase the frequency of cleaning, as well as issue advisories to reduce unnecessary contact, and practise
The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) will suspend large group and communal activities such as assemblies and mass celebrations. Measures that preschools can take include the following:
i. Children to proceed directly to classrooms when they arrive in school, where possible
ii. Programmes and activities to be carried out in small groups
iii. Children to have their meals in their classrooms or to stagger meal times
Encourage parents to drop off and pick up their children outside the centre. Parents are encouraged to stand further apart from one another while waiting to pick up their children outside the preschool.
Suspend excursions and field trips to minimise risk of exposing children to large crowds. Daily outdoor play and learning will continue.
Children, parents/guardians and preschool staff to practise good personal hygiene. This includes washing their hands frequently with soap, wearing a surgical mask if they have a cough or runny nose to prevent infecting others, and seeing a doctor if they are sick and returning to school only when fully recovered.
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.
iii. CCAs and after-school programmes may continue, in smaller groups.
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.