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Advisory to permit workers to enter their worksite

Updated as of 12 February 2020

This advisory is supported by the public sector developers, Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore, and the Migrant Workers’ Centre.

  1. Dear SCAL members.
  2. You may have read of a Bangladeshi worker who was infected with COVID-19 (previously known as 2019-nCoV), Case 42. He is a resident of a foreign worker dormitory.
  3. The worker is getting treatment at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. All close contacts with the worker have been quarantined. His room was immediately sealed, and has been disinfected. The dormitory’s common areas such as toilets, turnstiles and surfaces commonly touched have been cleaned and disinfected. The frequency of cleaning has also been stepped up.
  4. Following the announcement of Case 42, it has come to our attention that other workers residing in the dormitory, who were not close contacts, were prevented from entering worksites. We understand that this was due to concerns that they may also be infected, and would pass it on to other workers at the worksite.
  5. The risk of contracting COVID-19 through transient contact is low, as the virus is transmitted through droplets and contacts. There is currently no evidence that the virus is airborne. Hence, there is no need to prevent workers who are residing in the dormitory from working if they are not unwell.
  6. You should continue to remind workers to practise good personal hygiene. If any of the workers feel unwell, he should don a mask, minimise his interaction with others and see a general practitioner.
  7. As the situation with the coronavirus is still evolving, you should continually monitor updates by MOM https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19 and MOH https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19 for the latest advisories.

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