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Advisory to dormitory operators -Easing of movement restrictions for your dormitory residents

Issued on 13 September 2021

  1. As Singapore transitions towards COVID resilience, our dormitories have become more resilient in a few ways. First, over 90% of migrant workers residing in dormitories are fully vaccinated. Second, we have instituted a multi-layered strategy to quickly detect, isolate and contain the spread of COVID-19 within dormitories. This includes surveillance using wastewater testing, ensuring compliance to Rostered Routine Testing and surveillance on workers with acute respiratory illness. Third, we have implemented Safe Living Measures, and Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) audits to ensure that preventive measures are well adhered to. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will gradually ease the movement restrictions for dormitory residents from 13 September 2021. Please refer to the press release for further details.

    Vaccination-differentiated approach for progressive easing of restrictions
  2. MOM will adopt a vaccination-differentiated approach for vaccinated and unvaccinated residents in the easing of restrictions. The list of updated measures, which commences on 13 September, can be found in the table below.

    Visits to recreation centres (RCs)

    Vaccinated Residents Unvaccinated Residents
    • Twice a week
    • Dormitory residents may use the 2 exit passes on the same day to spend a longer time at the RCs.
    • Residents may visit the RCs within 48 hours of their negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test or 24 hours of their negative ART result as part of the new mandatory ART between their Rostered Routine Testing (RRT).
    • RC walk-ins will also be permitted for dormitory residents who meet pre-visit testing requirements. This is subject to occupancy limits in the RCs.
    • Residents who are visiting the RCs for the second time in the same week outside of the PCR and ART window can do so with a negative ART result done at the RC. They can also do so within 24 hours of a negative ART result from the worksite.

    Organised excursions and Pilot organised visits* to pre-identified locations in the community

    Vaccinated Residents Unvaccinated Residents
    • Allowed for vaccinated residents residing in MOM-selected dormitories with good Safe Living Measures (SLM), no positive COVID-19 cases in the last 2 weeks and high vaccination rates.
    • Controlled itinerary
    • Residents must take an ART before and 3 days after the visit.
    • Not allowed
    *MOM will separately inform the dormitories that are selected to participate in this pilot
  3. To complement the above activities, we also encourage dormitory operators to plan and organise engagement activities on a regular basis at your dormitories. We have listed some examples below for your reference:

    Categories Examples
    Sports Cricket, futsal, badminton
    Educational activities Language, financial literacy, computer classes
    Wellness Mental health talks, yoga and pilates sessions, zumba sessions
    Leisure Flea market, movie screening, bingo, handicrafts
  4. When organising such engagement activities, dormitory operators must comply with the existing Safe Management Measures. Please consult the Forward Assurance and Support Teams (FAST) for any advice or clarifications.
  5. Thank you for supporting us in our fight against COVID-19.

Frequently asked questions

  1. What are good Safe Living Measures (SLM)?

    A dormitory has good SLM when the workers residing the dormitories do the following:

    • Wear a mask correctly
    • Maintain a 1-metre safe distance
    • Avoid intermingling and crowding
    • Practise good personal hygiene
    • Carry contact tracing token at all times
  2. What is deemed as a high vaccination rate?

    A dormitory is deemed to have a high vaccination rate if 90% of the workers residing in dormitories are vaccinated.

  3. Who will provide the ART kits for organised excursions and activities at RCs and dormitories?

    The event organisers will need to provide the ART kits.

  4. Does MOM expect an increase in cases within the dormitories once movement restrictions are eased?

    Cases within the dormitories may increase once movement restrictions are eased. However, MOM note that the majority of vaccinated individuals are asymptomatic or display mild symptoms if infected, do not require hospitalisation or oxygen support, and will recover. There are also safeguards in place to detect cases quickly to prevent widespread transmission should an infection occur.

  5. What are some of the safeguards in place to manage cross-infections between migrant workers (MWs) in the dormitories and the community?

    Measures such as regular testing, pre and post-visit testing, as well as contact tracing, are in place to manage cross-infections between MWs in the dormitories and the community.

  6. Is there a threshold in terms of new cases, whether in the dormitories or communities, where MOM will have to curb visits to the community?

    MOM will monitor the health outcomes, particularly hospitalisation and ICU cases, before MOM make any changes to the easing of restrictions.

  7. Where are the locations that the migrant workers will be able to visit?

    MOM has identified Little India as the first location to start these community visits. This is based on feedback from MWs and NGOs on the areas that MWs would like to visit. MOM is looking to expand the visits to more locations and will provide a further update in due course.