Latest Updates & Guidance for COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019)

Last updated: 24 September 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. 
 

THE CURRENT
COVID-19 SITUATION IN SINGAPORE

     

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Dashboard: Official Update of COVID -19 Situation in Singapore Live  

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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.

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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.   MOH
Travel Restrictions 3 September 2020

OUTBOUND TRAVEL

The Ministry of Health announced on 23 September that they are piloting a new business travel pass for senior executives in Singapore with regional or international responsibilities who need to travel regularly for official and business purposes. Travellers on this pass will be required to abide by a strict controlled itinerary when they travel overseas for work. Upon return, the traveller will be given the option of doing a COVID-19 test in lieu of Stay-Home Notice (SHN) and self-isolate until the COVID-19 test results are out. The number of passes will be strictly limited in the initial phase. If the pilot is successful, and public health measures are fully abided by, the MOH will consider expanding the scheme in a safe and calibrated manner. No further details have yet been announced.


The MOH currently recommends to defer all other travel abroad with the exception of the following:

  • General travel to the following countries:
    • Brunei Darussalam
    • New Zealand
  • Travel for studies for students pursuing academic qualification overseas, and where distance-learning is not offered as an option by the education institution (effective 1 Sept 2020)Overseas studies should be of at least one academic year, for courses which require physical presence in the foreign educational institution, and which will lead to attainment of academic qualifications. Existing students who are completing such academic programs (i.e. balance duration of less than an academic year) are included. Students below the age of 18 may be accompanied by an adult. Mature students may travel overseas with their dependents who will be residing with them for the duration of their studies.
  • Essential business and official travel under Green/ Fast Lane arrangements:

If you/your employees choose to travel outside of the exemptions above 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. 


INBOUND SINGAPORE CITIZENS, PERMANENT RESIDENTS & PASS HOLDERS

All inbound Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders (Work Pass holders, Student’s Pass holders, Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) holders and Dependant’s Pass holders, and those who have been granted In-Principle Approval (IPA) for a LTP) must follow the below guidelines:

  • Serve a Stay Home Notice (SHN) for 14 days in a dedicated facility. All incoming travellers who are not Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents will be required to pay for their stay at dedicated SHN facilities.
  • Wear an electronic monitoring device throughout their SHN period or download the Homer mobile app for the purpose of SHN monitoring (except for those aged 12 and below).
  • Undertake a test for COVID-19 before the end of the SHN and complete a health declaration. Costs are up to $200 for those serving an SHN at the place of residence/equivalent, or $2,000 for those serving an SHN at a dedicated facility.
  • All Long-Term Pass holders continue to require prior approval before entering Singapore.

Stay Home Notice exceptions:

  • Those who have remained in countries who have reciprocal agreements in place with Singapore are subject to alternative pre-departure and post-arrival arrangements. For further information on each country please click here, as each agreement has unique details. 
  • Those who have remained in the following countries in the last consecutive 14 days prior to entry will require a 7 day Stay Home Notice at their place of residence. Long-Term Pass holders may serve their 7-day SHN at a place of residence that they or their family members own or are sole tenants of; or in suitable accommodation such as a hotel (at their own cost). A test will be administered by appointment within the 7-day SHN and monitoring will be required.
    • Australia (excluding Victoria)
    • Macao
    • Mainland China
    • Malaysia
    • Taiwan
    • Vietnam

INBOUND VISITORS

Singapore is not currently allowing short-term visitors except those coming in under the Reciprocal Green/Fast Lane arrangements or with special prior approval.

   MOH

SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES

     
Workplace Measures 23 September 2020

New rules relating to employees in the workplace take effect from 28 September, summarised below. Full details can be found here.

Telecommuting remains the default for all businesses where feasible and companies should continue to hold virtual meetings. Effective from 28 September, employers may allow employees to return to the office under certain conditions. Where it is possible for employees to work from home, they may return to the office but must work from home for at least half of their working time. No more than half of all such employees should be in the workplace at any time and should operate on split, staggered shifts with no interaction for professional or social reasons between groups. Half of those attending on any day should arrive after 10am and flexible working hours should be accommodated for all. Existing safe management measures apply including use of SafeEntry, 1m distancing, wearing of masks, temperature checks, etc.

For general office workplaces, employers must ensure that employees and visitors wear a mask at all times at the workplace, except during activities that require masks to be removed, temperatures are recorded twice daily, no one is under a quarantine or SHN order, and has not been in close contact with a confirmed case for the past 14 days. Supplementary PPE is encouraged, whenever relevant. Employers must ensure regular cleaning of common spaces, machinery and equipment referring to NEA guidelines. Hand sanitiser must be installed at all human traffic stoppage points, i.e. entrances, lift lobbies, reception areas. Disinfectant agents, i.e. sanitiser, sprays, paper towels and wipes, must be provided in meeting rooms and common spaces such as pantries.

Employees based in the office who have visited a clinic for any Covid-related symptoms must submit MC records, disclose if they were tested and the results.

Employers must monitor unwell employees with any related symptoms, advising them to stay home/visit a clinic, and advising close-contact employees to monitor their health. Employers should have a follow up plan in place in case of a confirmed case including evacuation of the immediate section of the workplace where the employee/visitor accessed, notifying building management, cleaning and disinfecting.

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Events 23 September 2020

From 28 September work-related events within the workplace premises that are business-oriented (such as conferences, seminars, corporate retreats, Annual General Meetings and Extraordinary General Meetings) will be allowed for up to 50 persons (or lower depending on venue capacity based on safe management principles) with strict adherence to safe management requirements e.g. at least 1 metre safe distancing between each employee.

MOM will consider allowing the resumption of work-related events at external venues at a later date. No F&B to be served, if necessary people must be seated and served individually. 

Employers must not organise or encourage larger scale social gatherings within or outside the workplace such as parties, celebrations, team bonding activities, dinner-and-dance, and gala dinners.

From 1 October organisers of MICE events may apply for permission to host an event for up to 250 people. Details are yet to be announced.

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Latest announcements on the Jobs Support Scheme 18 August 2020   mof
Chamber Summary of Financial Support Updates 18 August 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.  bcc
Rental Relief Framework 7 Jul 2020   esg
Business Support Packages Offered by Governments in Overseas Markets 20 Jul 2020   esg
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.  bcc
Guide on Business
Continuity Planning for
COVID-19
1 Apr 2020   esg

Advisory on salary and leave arrangements

17 Jul 2020   mom
DIT Information for UK Businesses in Asia affected by COVID-19 20 May 2020    dit

Inter-agency advisory on supporting mental well-being of workers under COVID-19 work arrangements

24 Apr 2020 Jointly issued by MOMMSFAIC, 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);
b) Construction contract or supply contract (e.g. contract for the supply of materials);
c) Contracts for the provision of goods and services (e.g. venue, catering) for events (e.g. weddings, business meetings);
d) Certain contracts for goods or services for visitors to Singapore, domestic tourists or outbound tourists, or promotion of tourism (e.g. cruises, hotel accommodation bookings); and
e) Certain loan facilities granted by a bank or a finance company to SMEs.

The Bill will prohibit a contracting party from taking the following legal actions against a non-performing party:
a) Court and insolvency proceedings;
b) Enforcement of security over immovable property as well as movable property that is used for the purposes of business or trade;
c) Call on a performance bond given pursuant to a construction contract; and
d) Termination of leases of non-residential premises.

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THE CURRENT COVID-19 SITUATION IN THE UK

     
Travel Advice      
Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do   Advice for those in the UK  
NHS Advice     nhs

THE CURRENT GLOBAL COVID-19 SITUATION

     
World Health Organisation updates     who