Employers should exercise heightened vigilance at the workplace, and ensure no more than 50% of employees who can WFH are at the workplace at any point in time, down from 75% previously.
There is no limit on the proportion of an individual employee’s working time that can be spent at the workplace.
Split team arrangement is not mandatory but employers can continue to adopt such arrangements for business continuity purposes.
Social gatherings at the workplace should be avoided. However, if they cannot be avoided (e.g. during meal breaks), the gatherings are subject to the revised community limit of 5 persons.
To prevent the re-emergence of community cases, we will need to open the economy gradually, and not all at once. In general, sectors that allow us to trade with the world and access critical supplies will start first. Sectors that attract high traffic and social interactions will have to wait and put in place additional safe measures before restarting progressively.
You can resume business operations only if your company falls under MTI’s list of activities and services that can resume operations, and your company has implemented all required Safe Management Measures at your workplace.
MOM and sector agencies will take calibrated enforcement actions based on the areas of non-compliance found. For workplaces that severely lack Safe Management Measures, we will direct employers to stop operations at the workplace. Employers will have to take steps to ensure that Safe Management Measures are in place before operations can resume.
Under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act, failure to comply with Safe Management Measures is punishable with a fine of up to $10,000 or imprisonment of up to 6 months, or both. Repeated non-compliance is punishable with a fine of up to $20,000 or imprisonment of up to 12 months, or both.
Enforcement action may be taken by any of the following persons under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act:
A police officer;
A Health Officer appointed under section 4(1)(a) or (b) of the Infectious Diseases Act;
A public officer;
An officer of a statutory body;
An auxiliary police officer; and
An employee of a prescribed institution under the Infectious Diseases Act.
You can verify the identity of enforcement officers via their authority cards or their public service identification cards.
You may refer to the Checklist of Safe Management Measures at the Workplace for Resumption of Business Activities here, for an overview of the requirements that must be fulfilled prior to resuming business activities at the workplace. For more information, please refer here.
Unionised companies are also encouraged to engage their unions on such arrangements.
All employers must implement Safe Management Measures at their workplaces for all employees and contractors.
Companies that have employees deployed to other sites should also ensure that their employees comply with the Safe Management Measures put in place at these sites. In fact, some of the Safe Management Measures can be implemented by employers regardless of where employees are deployed, such as health monitoring.
No. The default is to ensure at least one metre safe distancing between persons at all times. While acrylic dividers or other physical barriers can be adopted alongside the safe distancing requirement to further mitigate droplet transmission risk between persons, they are not meant to be used as a substitute for the safe distancing requirement. Where physical barriers (e.g. acrylic dividers) are used, additional safeguards must be taken to minimise the risk of cross infection (e.g. frequent cleaning and disinfection of dividers to prevent fomite transmission).
From 8 May 2021 to 30 May 2021, you must ensure that at most 50% of employees who are able to work from home are at the workplace at any point in time. You can consider other arrangements that will meet this requirement, for instance:
Divide your employees into 2 groups, with 1 group working from home for any given week.
Divide your employees into 2 groups, with a different group working from home for each day Monday to Thursday, and both groups working from home on Friday.
No. Split team arrangements are no longer mandatory. Nonetheless, you can continue to adopt such arrangements for business continuity purposes.
Employers must ensure clear physical spacing of at least one metre between persons at all times and demarcate safe physical distances (at least one metre apart) with visual indicators or physical means such as barriers between work stations.
If leaving an empty desk and demarcating clearly with visual indicators allows for at least one metre distancing between employees, such an approach can be considered. For barriers between workstations, while there are no specific height guidelines, the barriers should also facilitate the required safe physical distance of one metre apart.