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Advisory to dormitory operators - Updated Safe Management Measures for your dormitory residents

Issued on 16 August 2021

  1. In line with the measures announced by the Multi-Ministry Taskforce on COVID-19 as part of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) which took effect from 10 August 2021, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will be revising the Safe Management Measures for dormitory residents from 24 August 2021. The revised measures will apply to dormitories without any active COVID-19 cases.

    Vaccination-Differentiation Safe Management Measures for in-dormitory communal facilities and activities
  2. MOM will adopt Vaccination-Differentiation Safe Management Measures (VDS) for dormitory residents. Fully-vaccinated residents will be able to engage in a wider range of activities. Unvaccinated residents will need to adhere to tighter safe management measures to protect themselves and those around them.

    The following list of updated measures will take effect from 24 August 2021:

    S/N Communal facility or activity Safe Management Measures for fully vaccinated residents Safe Management Measures for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated residents
    1 Communal laundry room Up to approved capacity of facility; residents to maintain safe distancing measures (SDM) and previous safe living measures (SLM) requirements (e.g. staggered timings, cohorting).
    2 Minimart/ Grocery shops
    3 Barber
    4 Remittance shop
    5 Telco shop
    6 Communal Kitchen 2 persons per group (stove); groups to maintain SDM and previous SLM requirements (e.g. staggered timings, cohorting).
    7 In-dormitory congregational activities (e.g. prayers) Allowed, max of 250 persons if all are vaccinated. Allowed, if any is unvaccinated, cap is reduced to 50 persons (regardless of vaccination status) with pre-event testing for unvaccinated.
    8 Canteen or communal dining
    • Dine-in allowed, up to 5 persons per group if all are vaccinated.
    • If dormitory operators are unable to implement checks on vaccination status, dine-in will not be allowed.
    Not allowed, i.e. can only takeaway.
    9 Beer gardens
    • Allowed, max of 5 persons per group if all are vaccinated.
    • If dormitory operators are unable to implement checks on vaccination status, beer gardens will not be allowed.
    Not allowed.
    10 Outdoor courts
    • Allowed, max of 50 persons in groups of 5 if all are vaccinated.
    • Staggered timings and duration cap of 30 minutes.
    • If dormitory operators are unable to implement checks on vaccination status, max of 2 persons per group at the outdoor courts.
    • Allowed, max of only 2 persons per group if any are unvaccinated.
    • Staggered timing and duration cap of 30 minutes.
    11 Indoor sports facilities (such as the gym)
    • Allowed, up to 30 persons in groups of 5.
    • If dormitory operators are unable to implement checks on vaccination status, indoor sports facilities will not be allowed.
    Not allowed.
    12

    NGO – organised events at dormitories.

    Note: NGO volunteers must be fully vaccinated and undergo pre-event testing.
    • Allowed, max of 250 persons if all are vaccinated.
    • If dormitory operators are unable to implement checks on vaccination status, cap will be reduced to 50 persons only.
    • Allowed, if any are unvaccinated, cap is reduced to 50 persons (regardless of vaccination status).
    • Unvaccinated residents must undergo pre-event testing.
  3. Dormitory operators should ensure that the VDS is being complied with in your dormitory.

    Visits to Recreation Centres
  4. There is no change to the measures for visits to the Recreation Centres (RCs). Your residents will continue to be able to visit the RCs once a week. They will need to be tested negative from a supervised self-swab Antigen Rapid Test (ART) prior to entry, or tested negative within 2 days of their Rostered Routine Testing (RRT).
  5. Your residents should only visit the RC if they have applied for an exit pass to the RC. They are not allowed to visit the community. MOM will step up enforcement checks and take the necessary enforcement action against residents for non-compliance.
  6. For further queries, please contact us at .
  7. Thank you for supporting us in our fight against COVID-19.

Frequently asked questions

  1. What is the definition of fully vaccinated?

    Your resident is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after he has received the full regimen of Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna or WHO EUL vaccines. Please refer to MOH’s website for the latest definition.

  2. How can I verify if my residents are fully vaccinated?

    You may check on the resident’s vaccination status on FWMOMCare, SGWorkPass or TraceTogether app. You may also refer to MOH's FAQs for more information if your residents are vaccinated overseas.

  3. Why is there a need for my unvaccinated residents to undergo pre-event testing even after the capacity of the venue or activity has been reduced?

    As unvaccinated residents have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, more measures must be put in place to safeguard their well-being.

  4. For dining-in at canteens or drinking at beer gardens, can my unvaccinated residents join in groups of two instead?

    No. Workers who are unvaccinated are not allowed to dine-in at canteens or drink at beer gardens regardless of size.

  5. Why is there a need to stagger timings and have a cap of 30 minutes for the outdoor courts?

    As dormitories are assessed to be a higher risk environment, staggered timings and a cap of 30 minutes will help prevent a large group of people crowding at the outdoor courts.