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Notification to employers on requirements for construction foreign employees after the Stay-Home Notice (SHN) period

Issued on 15 May 2020

  1. Since 20 April 2020, Work Permit and S Pass holders in the construction sector (“Foreign Employees”), as well as their dependants, have been placed on Stay-Home Notices (SHN). This was required to break the cycle of COVID-19 transmission among construction workers and their dependants living outside purpose-built dormitories1.
  2. The last day of the SHN is 18 May 2020. Nevertheless, Foreign Employees and their dependants not staying in dormitories are reminded that they should comply with the prevailing Circuit Breaker measures in line with what the rest of the community is subject to. Everyone should continue to stay in their residences and avoid going out except to purchase food and daily necessities, procure essential services or seek urgent medical attention. If it is necessary for them to leave their residences, they should do so alone and return to their residences immediately after that.
  3. Employers of the Foreign Employees are required to2:
    1. Remind your Foreign Employees and their dependants to fully comply with the prevailing Circuit Breaker measures, failing which their Work Permits, S Passes or Dependant’s Passes may be revoked; and
    2. Ensure that your Foreign Employees and their dependants’ addresses and mobile numbers registered with MOM are updated at the Online Foreign Worker Address Service (for Work Permit holders) or Employment Pass (EP) Online (for S Pass holders and their dependants).

Building and Construction Authority
Ministry of Manpower


  1. Refers to any place of accommodation excluding any dormitory gazetted as an “isolation area”, or any foreign employee dormitory as defined in the Foreign Employee Dormitories Act (FEDA) 2015.
  2. Additional Work Pass Conditions on the Employers are imposed by the Controller of Work Passes under section 7(4A) of the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (Cap. 91A).