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Advisory on updated Safe Management Measures in dormitories and recreation centres

Issued on 27 April 2022

  1. In line with the Multi-Ministry Task Force’s announcement on 22 April 2022, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will align the Safe Management Measures (SMMs) for workers living in dormitories with the latest community SMMs. The following changes will apply to the dormitories and Recreation Centres (RCs) with immediate effect.

    Summary of updated SMMs in dormitories and RCs that are aligned with the community
  2. SMMs on group sizes, mask-wearing, safe distancing, capacity limits and Vaccinated-Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS) in dormitories and RCs would be aligned with that of the community. Refer to Ministry of Health's press release for more information on the latest community SMMs.

  3. The key changes of SMMs in dormitories and RCs are as follows:
    • VDS will be removed from all settings, except for settings which pose higher risks of transmission due to factors such as large crowds and unmasked activities. For dormitories and recreation centres, VDS will continue to apply to events with more than 500 participants at any one time and food and beverage (F&B) establishments such as canteens or beer gardens.

      In line with the community, while VDS is still required for F&B establishments, these establishments will no longer need to conduct VDS checks for their customers. Instead, the onus will be on the individuals dining in to abide by the rules. Random spot checks will continue to be conducted to ensure that only fully vaccinated persons are dining in at F&B establishments.

    • Safe distancing is no longer required and there will generally be no restrictions on intermixing. However, dormitory operators will still be required to maintain physical segregation between dormitory blocks such as barriers and separate access routes.

      This will allow dormitory operators to retain the ability to segregate quickly when necessary. Dormitory operators should also minimise potential bunching of workers residing in dormitories by managing the crowd and traffic at common areas and facilities where necessary1.

    • The use of TraceTogether (TT) and SafeEntry (SE) will no longer be required for check-in at most venues, except for larger events with more than 500 participants at any one time. However, please remind your workers to keep their TT tokens.

    Increase of community visit Exit Passes and RC visits
  4. To allow more migrant workers to visit the community safely, we will:
    • Increase the community visit Exit Pass quota to 25,000 for weekdays and 50,000 for weekends and public holidays.
    • Allow all workers including unvaccinated workers to apply for an Exit Pass to visit the community.
    They do not need to undergo an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) prior to the visit.
  5. All workers, including unvaccinated workers, can visit the RCs at any time. They do not need to take an ART or book an Exit Pass.

    Organised excursions and activities
  6. Dormitory operators, NGOs and other organisations2 who are interested in organising excursions and activities for workers will continue to write in to the Assurance, Care and Engagement (ACE) Group. This should be done at least 2 weeks prior to the activity.
  7. Refer to the Safe Rest Day webpage for more details, or contact us at .

  8. FOOTNOTE

    1. A dormitory operator with a limited waiting area for transportation should continue staggered pick-ups and drop-offs, while another dormitory operator who does not face the same constraint can choose to drop this requirement.
    2. All volunteers, including unvaccinated volunteers, may participate in organised excursions and activities for workers at the dormitories, RCs and in the community (e.g. flea market at RCs and dormitories, organised excursions to attractions). An ART is not required.