Latest Updates & Guidance for COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019)
Last updated: 5 August 2020
Summarising the latest advice, support and guidance from official sources on COVID-19 for your business, your employees and you.
When communicating guidance and updates internally to employees, the Chamber recommends considerate use of language and terminology and the need for sensitivity across all cultures.
|Dashboard: Official Update of COVID -19 Situation in Singapore||Live||
|Singapore COVID-19 Symptom Checker||Suggests preferred care options based on age, recent travel history, people you may have been exposed to, and the symptoms you are having. This website does not collect personally identifiable data.||
|Subscribe to the official gov.sg COVID-19 WhatsApp updates||
|Emergency Help for British People||
24hr emergency consular assistance +65 6424 4200
|Singapore's Safe Nation phased recovery plan||15 June 2020||From 19 June 2020, Singapore will enter Phase 2 of the post-circuit breaker recovery process from COVID-19. Visit our updated summary of the Safe Nation phases for the latest details.|
|Health Advisory for those issued with a Stay Home Notice (SHN)||15 July 2020||Please refer to this latest updated version.|
|Travel Restrictions||15 Jul 2020||
The Ministry of Health recommends to defer all travel abroad. Essential business and official travel will be permitted under Green/ Fast Lane arrangements only. If you/your employees choose to travel and the traveller is holding a work pass, the company/sponsor must apply for Re-entry approval and this be granted before the person attempts to re-enter Singapore, otherwise they and their dependents may have their passes revoked and be sent back to their country of origin. Approval is being given only in rare circumstances.
Short-term visitors are not allowed entry into Singapore, except those coming in under the Green/Fast Lane arrangements (starting with China and Malaysia), or with special prior approval. Singapore has also ceased port calls for all cruise vessels. Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long-Term Pass holders returning to Singapore from China must also comply with a set of requirements.
All inbound travellers will have to serve a Stay Home Notice (SHN) for 14 days and must complete a health declaration. Inbound travellers from most countries will need to serve their SHN at a dedicated facility, with the exemption of travellers who had remained in the following countries/regions in the last consecutive 14 days prior to entry:
For the travellers noted above:
From 18 June, all incoming travellers entering Singapore will be tested for COVID-19. The test will be scheduled a few days before the end of the SHN period, at a designated community testing facility. You will receive an SMS notification informing you of the scheduled appointment slot and venue. Travel from your home to the designated testing facilities, and return immediately after the test, using a private vehicle or designated transport. Public transport should be avoided.
From 18 June, all inbound and outbound travellers who enter or leave Singapore will be required to pay for their COVID-19 tests. All incoming travellers who are not Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents will be required to pay for their stay at dedicated SHN facilities.
Short-term visitors granted special prior approval to enter Singapore (except under established Green / Fast Lane arrangements) are subject to the same treatment with regard to SHN and test requirements, and charges, as Long Term Pass holders.
SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES
|Chamber Summary of Financial Support Updates||5 May 2020||Download our guide to support made available for businesses and available by the Singapore Government. Includes compiled information from the Resilience and Solidarity Budgets and at-a-glance information on measures applicable to companies with less than 30% local shareholdings.|
|Phase 2 Sector Related Advisories||16 Jun 2020|
|Safe Management Measures for workplaces as they reopen||9 May 2020||
As businesses begin to reopen, the MOM will enforce a series of Safe Management Measures which must be put in place.
For full details of appropriate Safe Management Measures for various workplace settings, click here.
|Rental Relief Framework||7 Jul 2020|
|Business Support Packages Offered by Governments in Overseas Markets||20 Jul 2020|
|Asked & Answered: Your COVID-19 Questions Answered by the Singapore Government||2 Apr 2020||Members' FAQs with responses provided by the relevant Singapore Government agencies. Responses were provided prior to the Circuit Breaker measures announcement.|
|Guide on Business
Continuity Planning for
|1 Apr 2020|
|17 Jul 2020|
|DIT Information for UK Businesses in Asia affected by COVID-19||20 May 2020|
|24 Apr 2020||Jointly issued by MOM, MSF, AIC, IMH and NCSS.|
|COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Bill||1 Apr 2020||
The measures will cover relevant contractual obligations that are to be performed on or after 1 February 2020, for contracts that were entered into or renewed before 25 March 2020. The Bill will cover the following contracts:
a) Leases or licences for non-residential immovable property (e.g. lease for factory premises);
The Bill will prohibit a contracting party from taking the following legal actions against a non-performing party:
THE CURRENT COVID-19 SITUATION IN THE UK
|Self-isolation rules when you travel to the UK||31 Jul 2020||
When you arrive in the UK, you will not be allowed to leave the place you’re staying for the first 14 days unless you are arriving from an exempt country. This is because it can take up to 14 days for coronavirus symptoms to appear. If you’re travelling to the UK for less than 14 days, you will be expected to self-isolate for the length of your stay.
If you’re travelling from an exempt country you will not need to self-isolate. You should check the list of exempt countries before you travel. If you travel from an exempt country but have been in a country that is not exempt within the last 14 days, you will need to self-isolate for the remainder of the 14 days since you were last in a non-exempt country.
You should follow separate advice if you need to self-isolate in:
Before you travel to the UK from anywhere outside the Common Travel Area, you should provide your journey, contact details and the address where you will self-isolate. You will be able to complete the public health passenger locator form 48 hours before you arrive. You may be refused permission to enter the UK (if you are not a British citizen), or fined if you do not to provide your contact details or do not self-isolate when you arrive in the UK unless you are arriving from an exempt country. In England, if you do not self-isolate, you can be fined £1,000. If you do not provide an accurate contact detail declaration – or do not update your contact detail form in the limited circumstances where you need to move to another place to self-isolate – you can be fined up to £3,200.
When you arrive in the UK, go straight to the place you’re staying. Only use public transport if you have no other option. If necessary, and you have a long journey within the UK to arrive at your self-isolation accommodation, you can stop overnight in safe accommodation before continuing your journey. You must self-isolate and provide the address of your overnight stop on your public health passenger locator form.
These rules are for UK residents and all visitors coming into the UK.
You will need to complete a public health passenger locator form unless you are travelling within the Common Travel Area, and have been in the Common Travel Area for the past 14 days. If you’ve been outside the Common Travel Area at any time in the last 14 days you will need to complete a public health passenger locator form.
You do not need to self-isolate if you’re travelling from an exempt country and have been in an exempt country for the last 14 days. You should check the list of exempt countries before you travel. Exempt countries include all parts of the UK, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
If you travel from an exempt country but have been in a country that is not exempt within the last 14 days, you will need to self-isolate for the remainder of the 14 days since you were in a non-exempt country. If you transit through a country that is not exempt you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
There are other reasons why you might not need to self-isolate. Read the detailed guidance on who does not need to self-isolate.
When you arrive in the UK, it is very important that you stay in your declared accommodation for 14 days. It can take up to 14 days for you to develop coronavirus symptoms after you catch the virus and in this time you can unknowingly pass it on to others, even if you don’t have symptoms.
Self-isolating will reduce the chance of a second wave of coronavirus in the UK and help prevent family, friends and the community from contracting coronavirus, as well as helping to protect the NHS.
Arrivals from countries that are exempt from the requirement will not be required to self-isolate, because they’re travelling from places that have been assessed as low risk.
When you arrive in the UK, go straight to the place you’re staying. If you cannot safely self-isolate for 14 days, you should tell Border Force Officers when you pass through UK border controls. They will provide you with details of a booking service which you can use to obtain accommodation and self-isolate in at your own expense.
Only use public transport if you have no other option. If you do use public transport, wear something that covers your nose and mouth and stay 2 metres apart from other people. Pack a face covering or scarf to cover your nose and mouth before you travel. If you have coronavirus symptoms, you will not be allowed to travel by public transport and will need to demonstrate that the accommodation where you will self-isolate is safe.
If necessary, and you have a long journey within the UK to arrive at your self-isolation accommodation, you can stop overnight in safe accommodation before continuing your journey. You must self-isolate and provide the address of your overnight stop on your public health passenger locator form in addition to your declared accommodation address.
You should self-isolate in one place for the full 14 days, where you can have food and other necessities delivered, and stay away from others. You must self-isolate at the address you provided on the public health passenger locator form.
This can include:
You should not have visitors, including friends and family, unless they are providing:
You cannot go out to work or school or visit public areas. You should not go shopping. If you require help buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, you should ask friends or relatives or order a delivery.
In England, you must only exercise within your home or garden. You cannot leave your home to walk your dog. You will need to ask friends or relatives to help you with this.
NHS Volunteer Responders are also available if you need help collecting shopping, medication or would like a telephone ‘check-in and chat’.
The people you’re staying with do not need to stay at home, unless they travelled with you.
For full details visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk.
|Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do||Advice for those in the UK|
THE CURRENT GLOBAL COVID-19 SITUATION
|World Health Organisation updates|