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Advisory to employers - Streamlining Safe Management Measures in dormitories and recreation centres

Issued on 11 March 2022

  1. The number of COVID-19 cases within the dormitories has stayed low over the past few weeks. This is attributed to a strong vaccination coverage and booster take-up rate among the migrant worker population which has become resilient to COVID-19 infections. As such, effective from 15 March 2022, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will streamline the Safe Management Measures (SMM) in the dormitories and Recreation Centres (RCs) for the safe resumption of normal activities.

    Simplification of SMM
  2. Under the revised SMM which take effect from 15 March, the key changes are:
    • Dormitory residents will be allowed to intermingle with one another in the common areas and facilities within the dormitory. Previously, your workers were required to stagger the use of these areas to minimise physical interaction between residents from different blocks.
    • Dormitory operators will no longer require approval from the Assurance, Care and Engagement (ACE) Group under MOM, for the resumption of communal facilities1 such as cooking facilities or gyms within their dormitories.
  3. Dormitory operators should continue to manage the crowd and traffic at common areas and facilities, to minimise bunching and ensure that the prevailing safe distancing rules are met. Dormitory operators will however be accorded flexibility in the implementation. For example, a dormitory operator with limited waiting area for transportation should continue to require staggered pick-ups and drop-offs, while another dormitory operator who does not face the same constraint can choose to drop these measures and simplify the operations at the dormitory premises.
  4. 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. Within the dormitory block, there will be no need for further segregation.

    Organised activities in the dormitories and RCs
  5. Organised events in the dormitories and RCs will be based on the capacity limits of the venue as opposed to fixing size limits for various event types, similar to other settings within the community. Your workers residing in dormitories will still need to meet the prevailing safe distancing rules (i.e. keep to groups of five and adhere to a safe distance of one metre between groups if there are mask-off activities). All sports are also allowed, with up to 30 fully vaccinated persons (including players, coaches, umpires etc) at supervised sports facilities within dormitories and RCs, in line with the community measures.

    Organised activities outside of the dormitories and RCs
  6. For activities and events conducted outside of the dormitories and RCs e.g. outings organised by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), the duration may extend beyond the current six hour limit. Pre-event testing will no longer be required for organised activities held at the dormitories, RCs and in the community for fully vaccinated workers and NGO volunteers.
  7. MOM will continue to adopt a Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated or partially vaccinated workers. Please refer to MOH's website for the updated definition of fully vaccinated individuals from 14 February 2022. The list of updated measures, to be implemented from 15 March 2022, can be found in Annex A below.
  8. When organising sports activities, dormitory operators must comply with the existing SMM. Please consult MOM's Forward Assurance and Support Teams (FAST) for any advice or clarifications on the SMM.
  9. For further queries, please contact us at .

FOOTNOTE

  1. Dormitory operators were allowed to resume the use of their communal facilities since end 2020, with the support of ACE.

Annex A

Updated SMM with effect from 15 March 2022:

Fully vaccinated workers Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated workers
Intermingling of workers
  • Workers residing in the same dormitory may meet other residents within the same dormitory block without restriction
  • They may also meet other residents from different blocks at the communal areas, subject to the Safe Management Measures (SMM)
Communal facilities (e.g. communal kitchen, laundry room, minimarts, barber)
  • No booking will be required to use these facilities
  • Up to approved capacity of facility
  • Dormitory operators must continue to manage crowd and traffic during peak hours, subject to SMM
Organised events at dormitories and RCs
  • Adhere to venue capacity and not the event size limit
  • Keep a safe distance of one metre between groups if there are mask-off activities
  • Workers to remain in groups of five
  • Food and beverage (F&B) allowed. However, if there are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated workers attending the event, F&B will not be allowed
  • Adhere to venue capacity and not the event size limit
  • Keep a safe distance of one metre between groups if there are mask-off activities
  • Workers to remain in groups of five
  • F&B not allowed
Organised activities in the community by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)
  • Duration of activity or event may extend beyond six hours
  • No pre-event testing required for fully vaccinated volunteers and migrant workers
  • Not allowed
Sports activities at outdoor and indoor sports facilities
  • All sports are allowed with up to 30 fully vaccinated persons (including players, coaches, umpires etc) at supervised sports facilities within dormitories and Recreation Centres
  • Maintain SMM (e.g. keep to groups of five and keep a one metre safe distance before and after the sports activity and during rest breaks)
  • Please refer to SportSG's advisory for more information on the updated SMM for indoor and outdoor sports facilities