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Advisory to employers - Managing Omicron variant cases in dormitories

Issued on 31 December 2021

  1. Ministry of Health has announced that Omicron cases will follow the same healthcare protocols as other COVID-19 cases. Similarly, migrant workers in the dormitories who are infected with the Omicron variant and their close contacts will follow existing healthcare protocols for other COVID-19 cases:
    • Fully vaccinated workers who tested positive for COVID-19 will recover at the dormitory recovery facility (DRF) or centralised recovery facility (CRF) for up to 10 days. Unvaccinated workers who tested positive for COVID-19 will recover at a community isolation facility (CIF) or hospital depending on their condition.
    • All close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases (regardless of variant) in the dormitories will be placed on Health Risk Warning (HRW) for 7 days. They will be required to:
      • On Day 1 of the HRW issuance: Perform a mandatory ART self-test under supervision. If the ART result is negative, they will be allowed to leave the dormitory and go to work.
      • On Day 2 - Day 7 of HRW issuance: They should test negative for their ART on the same day before leaving the dormitory for work and other activities.

    What to do as an employer
  2. International evidence has shown that the Omicron variant is likely to be more transmissible but less severe than the Delta variant, and that vaccines, especially boosters, retain substantial protection against hospitalisations caused by Omicron.
  3. To better protect your migrant workers against COVID-19 infections, including Omicron variant, we urge employers to:
    • Arrange for your migrant workers to take the booster shots as soon as possible once they are eligible. You may refer to FAQs on vaccination for migrant workers.
    • Remind your migrant workers on the importance of adhering to safe management measures and maintaining good personal hygiene.
    • Remind your migrant workers to report sick if they are feeling unwell.
  4. We have prepared simple guidelines for you to share with your workers.
  5. For further queries, please contact us at .