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Advisory to employers - Updated Safe Management Measures for your migrant workers staying in dormitories

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 workers staying in dormitories 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 workers staying in dormitories. Fully-vaccinated workers will be able to engage in a wider range of activities. Unvaccinated workers 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 workers staying in dormitories Safe Management Measures for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated workers staying in dormitories
    1 Communal laundry room Up to approved capacity of facility; workers 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 workers must undergo pre-event testing.
    Visits to Recreation Centres
  3. There is no change to the measures for visits to the Recreation Centres (RCs). Your workers 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).
  4. Your workers staying in dormitories should only visit the RC if they have applied for an exit pass to the RCs. They are not allowed to visit the community. MOM will step up enforcement checks and take the necessary enforcement action against workers for non-compliance.
  5. For further queries, please contact us at .
  6. Thank you for supporting us in our fight against COVID-19.

Frequently asked questions

  1. What is the definition of fully vaccinated?

    Your worker 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 workers are fully vaccinated?

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

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

    As unvaccinated workers 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 workers 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.