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TRAVEL AND PERSONAL PREVENTIVE ADVICE

  • In view of the heightened risk of further importation of COVID-19 to Singapore, Singaporeans are advised to defer all travel abroad with immediate effect.

  • Be socially responsible. See and doctor and stay at home if you are not feeling well.

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 30 seconds or use an alcohol based hand sanitiser.

  • In case of symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, either during or after travel, wear a surgical mask, seek medical attention, and share your travel history with your health care provider.

  • Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately.

  • When issued a medical leave by your GP for respiratory symptoms, be sure to stay home. Mixing in large crowds, or continuing to go to work or school when ill, even with mild symptoms, will allow potential community transmission of viral infections to take place.

  • Persons on Leave of Absence (LOA) should be socially responsible and comply with the LOA. They should remain in their residences as much as possible, minimise having visitors and maintain good records of persons with whom they come into close contact. Persons on LOA may leave their residences for daily necessities or to attend important matters, but they must minimise time spent in public spaces and contact with others.

  • Persons on Stay-home-notice (SHN) must remain in their place of residence at all times during the 14-day period, even if it is to purchase food and essentials. If necessary, they may opt for home delivery services or enlist the assistance of others for their daily necessities. They should minimise contact with others, and avoid having visitors to their residence. They should maintain a record of persons they come into close contact with during this period. At all times, they should monitor their health closely, ie. twice daily for fever (ie. ≥ 38°C) and respiratory symptoms such as cough and breathlessness.

  • Consider getting the Influenza Vaccination: Although it does NOT confer protection against COVID-19, it will prevent you from contracting influenza symptoms and signs that may mislead screening authorities at temperature checkpoints, and result in unnecessary anxiety and delays to your travel.

SINGAPORE

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:

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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.

Workplaces 

  • Work from home

  • Where employees can perform their work by telecommuting from home, the employer must ensure that they do so

  • For job roles or functions where employees cannot work from home, such as frontline operations and fieldwork at construction sites, shipyards or plants, employers must take the following precautions:

    • Reduce need for and duration of physical interactions: e.g. by using tele-conferencing facilities, limiting number of attendees should be limited and shortening duration of critical meetings.

    • Ensure clear physical spacing of at least 1m apart: Employers must provide for wider physical spacing (of at least 1m apart) for work stations (e.g. clearly demarcating the work stations that can be used to achieve the 1m spacing).

    • Stagger working hours: Employers must implement staggered working hours to reduce possible congregation of employees at common spaces such as entrances/exits. The staggered working hours must be implemented over at least three 1-hourly blocks, with not more than half of the employees reporting to work within each 1-hour block. Timings of lunch and other breaks must also be staggered. Where possible, reporting and ending times should not coincide with peak-hour travel, especially if employees require the use of public transport.

  • Defer or cancel all events: Social gatherings at the workplace, such as the celebration of birthdays, should be kept to no more than 10 persons at any one time, with safe distancing measures in place.

  • Implement or enhance shift or split team arrangements

Preschools

  • The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) will suspend large group and communal activities such as assemblies and mass celebrations.

  • Encourage parents to drop off and pick up their children outside the centre.

  • Suspend excursions and field trips to minimise risk of exposing children to large crowds.

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.

See table below:

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SINGAPORE

926 Confirmed Cases

DORSCON Level - Orange
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