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Advisory on easing of Safe Management Measures in dormitories and recreation centres

Issued on 29 March 2022

  1. In line with the Multi-Ministry Task Force's announcement on 24 March 2022 to ease community Safe Management Measures (SMM), the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will align the SMM for migrant workers living in dormitories with the latest community SMMs. The following changes will apply to the dormitories and Recreation Centres (RCs) with immediate effect.

  2. Mask-wearing will continue to be needed for all indoor facilities. It will be optional in outdoor settings and when workers are in their own dormitory rooms. While mask-wearing is optional, we encourage your workers to continue wearing their masks, especially in crowded areas, to protect themselves and others. Examples where mask-wearing will continue and when mask-wearing is optional:
    • Outdoors (mask wearing optional): Common corridor, open air staircase, outdoor sports facilities, outdoor fitness corner
    • Indoors (mask wearing required): Communal cooking facilities, canteen, minimarts, lifts, closed-stairways, gyms, recreation room

    Group sizes
  3. Similar to community SMMs, workers may gather in groups of up to 10 persons. They may also dine in groups of up to 10 people at the various food and beverage (F&B) establishments such as beer gardens and canteens, where the capacity limits are based on the venue capacity.

    Sale of alcohol
  4. Food and beverage outlets such as beer gardens in dormitories and RCs may continue to serve alcohol after 10.30pm, subject to the prevailing conditions of the liquor license under the Liquor Control Act. The limit of four cans of beer per worker is also lifted.

    Community and Recreation Centre visits from 1 April 2022
  5. Fully vaccinated workers1 will no longer be required to take an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) before visiting the community. The community visits will continue to be applicable for fully vaccinated workers only and they are required to apply for an Exit Pass before the community visit. To safeguard unvaccinated workers against the COVID-19 infection, they are not allowed to visit the community.
  6. For visits to the RCs, full vaccinated workers will no longer need to apply for an Exit Pass. They can visit any RC at any time. Only unvaccinated workers must continue to apply for an Exit Pass2 and show a negative ART result within 24 hours before the visit.
  7. MOM will continue to adopt a Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated or partially vaccinated workers. Please refer to the list of updated SMM with immediate effect.
  8. For further queries, please contact us at .


  1. Please refer to MOH’s website for the updated definition of fully vaccinated individuals.
  2. They will be required to apply for the Exit Passes manually by filling in a form given by the dormitory operator.