Centres that continue on-site instruction are required to abide by the nationwide safe management measures (SMMs) for workplaces. More information can be found at https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19.
As a default, the following SMMs apply to all centres conducting on-site instruction (whether indoors or outdoors and regardless of activity), except where there are additional SMMs that apply for higher-risk activities such as sports or physical activity, dance, singing, the playing of instruments that require the intentional expulsion of air (e.g. wind/brass instruments), voice training, and speech and drama classes (please refer to Q2 for details on additional SMMs for such classes, and here (please refer to Q3) for indoor classes that involve mask-off activities).
a. Safe distancing. Safe distancing measures for centres include:
i. Students: Safe distancing will continue to be required for all mask-off settings, and encouraged but not required for mask-on settings. This refers to safe distancing of 1m between individuals or organising students into groups of no more than 10 persons, with 1-metre spacing between groups where possible.
ii. Capacity: Mask-on classes can proceed without being subject to any capacity limit, subject to prevailing fire safety and room capacity requirements.
b. Health declarations. Students and staff who are on Health Risk Notice (HRN) are encouraged to minimise unnecessary social interactions. In the event that they need to enter the centre, they may only be allowed to enter the centre if they produce photo-evidence of a negative ART taken on that day.
c. Sharing of equipment. All surfaces in classrooms should be thoroughly disinfected between classes. Sharing of all equipment (e.g. props, microphones) should be avoided as far as possible. If this cannot be done, the equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and/or disinfected before being handled or used by others.
d. Wearing of masks.
i. For indoor classes, masks must be worn as a default at all times, except for persons allowed to use face shields instead of masks (e.g., persons with health conditions resulting in breathing/medical difficulties when a mask is worn for a prolonged period). Instructors are expected to wear a surgical mask or reusable masks of equivalent effectiveness at all times.
ii. For outdoor classes (i.e., held in open spaces), individuals may choose to wear masks for personal protection and to protect others, especially in crowded areas.
e. Ventilation. All premises should abide by the latest guidance on improving ventilation and indoor air quality in buildings amid the COVID-19 situation, available on the NEA website.
Centres should also abide by other sector-specific SMMs available on the GoBusiness website, and to prevailing circulars issued by the Government.