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Advisory for employers of workers in dormitories gazetted as isolation areas

Some dormitories have been gazetted as isolation areas to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Updated as of 11 April 2020

What will happen to the foreign workers staying in these isolation areas

All foreign workers in these dormitories will not be allowed to go to work.

They will also not be allowed to move between blocks and will be advised to limit interaction with other residents in the dormitory.

The government will be providing for the daily needs of the workers – they will receive three meals a day by professional caterers, reusable masks, thermometers, hand sanitisers, and other essentials.

What are my obligations as an employer if my workers are quarantined

The workers are considered to be on hospitalisation leave. This means that employers will be required to pay their salaries for the period that the dormitories are gazetted as isolation areas.

Employers remain responsible for the workers’ accommodation. Please ensure that the dormitory operator is paid on time. MOM will take action if employers do not fulfil their responsibilities.

As announced by Minister for Manpower, Mrs Josephine Teo on 6 April at the Supplementary Budget Debate, to provide relief to the employers, the government is waiving levies due in April, and providing an additional $750 levy rebate for every S Pass and Work Permit holder. Given the waiver of FW levy payable in April, there will also not be further levy waiver for the month of April.

In view of this support, employers of S Pass and Work Permit holders will not be eligible for the daily quarantine allowance. This supersedes the Government’s earlier statement regarding the daily quarantine allowance with effect from 7 April 2020.

What will happen after the circuit breaker ends on 4 May 2020

MOM will continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and assess if further adjustments need to be made.