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Advisory to dormitory operators - Updated guidelines for in-dormitory activities for workers residing in dormitories

Issued on 29 September 2021

  1. In line with the Multi-Ministry Taskforce’s announcement to tighten COVID-19 measures from 27 September 2021 to 24 October 2021 to slow down the COVID-19 transmissions, the Ministry of Manpower will revise the measures your dormitory residents accordingly with immediate effect.
  2. This advisory provides the updated guidelines on the Vaccination-Differentiated measures to be observed for communal facilities and organised activities at the dormitories. The group size limit for dining-in will be reduced to two vaccinated people and the cap on the group sizes for various activities have also been adjusted downwards. This would also apply to activities organised by partners such as Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) or community partners.

    Communal facility or activity at the dormitories From 27 Sep: if all attendees are fully vaccinated residents1 From 27 Sep: if any of the attendees include unvaccinated / partially vaccinated residents
    Canteen or communal dining
    • Dine-in allowed, up to 2 persons per group if all are vaccinated. (Revised)
    • If dormitory operators are unable to implement checks on vaccination status, dine-in will not be allowed.
    Not allowed, i.e. can only takeaway.
    Beer gardens
    • Allowed, max of 2 persons per group if all are vaccinated. (Revised)
    • If dormitory operators are unable to implement checks on vaccination status, beer gardens will not be allowed.
    Not allowed.
    Congregational prayers
    • Max of 500 persons per prayer session if all are fully vaccinated.
    • Max of 50 persons per zone (including the prayer lead).
    • If dormitory operators are unable to implement checks on vaccination status, cap will be reduced to 50 persons per prayer session.
    • If any are unvaccinated, cap is reduced to 50 persons per prayer session, regardless of vaccination status.
    • Unvaccinated residents must undergo pre-event testing2.

    Indoor and outdoor activities
    (e.g. leisure, wellness, educational activities)

    • Max of 500 persons if all are fully vaccinated.
    • Mask-on at all times.
    • If dormitory operators are unable to implement checks on vaccination status, cap will be reduced to 50 persons.
    • If any are unvaccinated, cap is reduced to 50 persons, regardless of vaccination status.
    • Unvaccinated residents must undergo pre-event testing.
    Sports activities At outdoor courts
    • Max of 50 persons or up to the capacity limit of the venue (10 sqm per person), whichever is lower, in groups of 2. (Revised)
    • Staggered timings and duration cap of 30 minutes.
    At indoor sports facilities
    • Allowed, up to 30 persons or up to the capacity limit of the venue (10 sqm per person), whichever is lower, in groups of 2. (Revised)
    • If dormitory operators are unable to implement checks on vaccination status, activities at indoor sports facilities will not be allowed.
    At indoor sports facilities
    • Not allowed.
    Serving of food and drinks during the activity
    • Food and drinks served should be individually packed (e.g. bento set meals, packet drinks).
    • During the organised activity, there should be a designated area for consuming food and drinks.
    • If there is an area designated for food and drinks, workers can consume their meals in no more than 2 vaccinated persons per group. (Revised)
    • If dormitory operators are unable to implement checks on vaccination status, consumption of food and drinks will not be allowed on-site.
    Not allowed.
  3. During the activity, your residents should not intermix with others from different blocks. For activities catering to all residents in the dormitories, you may wish to stagger the participation timings for residents in different blocks. The activities should only cater to residents from the dormitory. If you would like to organise an activity involving residents from different dormitories, we would encourage you to do so at the recreation centres.
  4. In addition to the guidelines above, dormitory operators must comply with the existing Safe Management Measures for the organised activities.
  5. Please consult the Forward Assurance and Support Team (FAST) for any advice or clarifications. If your dormitory wishes to organise live performances in the dormitory, please submit the plans to the FAST for approval.
  6. Thank you for supporting us in our fight against COVID-19.

FOOTNOTE

  1. Received both doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Comirnaty, Moderna or WHO Emergency Use List (EUL) vaccines, with an additional two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective.
  2. Negative Antigen Rapid Test (ART) result within 24 hours.