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Advisory - Foreign domestic workers should avoid congregating in big groups on their rest days

Issued on 17 June 2020

  1. As announced by the Ministry of Health on 15 June 2020, Phase Two of the re-opening will start after 18 June 2020, 2359 hours. This advisory outlines appropriate arrangements for foreign domestic workers (FDWs) and will remain in force until withdrawn.

    FDW rest day arrangements
  2. FDWs who wish to spend their rest days outside are strongly encouraged to take their rest days on a weekday when public spaces are less crowded, and should seek the consent of their employers to do so. They should also inform their employers of their whereabouts and are encouraged to download and activate the TraceTogether app to facilitate contact tracing.
  3. As with the rest of the community, FDWs who go out on their rest day should:
    • Wear a mask and maintain a safe distance from one another;
    • Observe good personal hygiene and avoid sharing food, drinks and other personal items;
    • Reduce their time spent outside and limit the number of contacts that they meet on their rest day; and
    • Comply with safe distancing measures at malls and public places and must not gather in groups of more than five.
  4. FDWs should not gather or loiter in public spaces or visit crowded places such as City Plaza, Lucky Plaza and Peninsula Plaza. If your FDW wishes to remit money at these places, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has already advised remittance agents that they should schedule appointments with clients. Alternatively, we encourage FDWs to conduct remittance via electronic platforms. MOM will be on the ground carrying out inspections and will disperse large group and outdoor gatherings. FDWs who do not cooperate risk being fined and having their work passes revoked.
  5. As we all adapt to the new normal, it is important to maintain open communication with your FDW and help your FDW understand the above guidelines and requirements. Our community needs to stay disciplined and vigilant and so that all our efforts so far to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are not wasted.

The advisory is available for download in the following languages: