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.
|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||
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|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||3 September 2020||
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:
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:
Stay Home Notice exceptions:
Singapore is not currently allowing short-term visitors except those coming in under the Reciprocal Green/Fast Lane arrangements or with special prior approval.
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.
|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.
|Latest announcements on the Jobs Support Scheme||18 August 2020|
|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.|
|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
|Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do||Advice for those in the UK|
THE CURRENT GLOBAL COVID-19 SITUATION
|World Health Organisation updates|