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Advisory on updated Safe Management Measures in dormitories and recreation centres

Issued on 27 April 2022
Updated on 13 October 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 Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS) in dormitories and RCs would be aligned with that of the community. Refer to Ministry of Health's website for more information on the latest community SMMs.
  3. The key changes of SMMs in dormitories and RCs are as follows:
    • VDS will be lifted from 10 October 2022.
    • 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.

    Popular Places Pass for community visits
  4. Migrant workers residing in dormitories will no longer need an Exit Pass to visit the community. To help manage crowding at the four designated popular locations on Sundays and public holidays, they will have to apply for a Popular Places Pass instead. Please refer to the summary in the table below.

    Sundays and public holidays Weekdays and Saturdays that are not public holidays
    Need to apply for Popular Places Pass?
    Popular places:
    Chinatown, Geylang Serai, Jurong East, Little India
    Yes No
    All other places in the community No No

    Migrant workers can apply for the Popular Places Pass via their SGWorkPass mobile application.

    Visits to the RCs
  5. All workers, including unvaccinated workers, can visit any RC.

    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 6 weeks prior to the activity.
  7. Refer to the Safe Rest Day webpage for more details, or contact us at .


  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).