Further to the advisory issued to staff yesterday (16 Mar 2020), we would like to provide clarity on the 14-day monitoring period imposed by Income as an added precautionary measure to limit our exposure and risk in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Who should observe a 14-day monitoring period?
- Those who have recently returned to Singapore and have a travel history to any of the following countries within the last 14 days: China (including Hong Kong and Macau), South Korea, Iran, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Japan, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam), with the exception of those who travelled from Malaysia by land or sea.
- Those who have had close contact with anyone who has arrived in Singapore with a travel history to any of the countries above within the last 14 days, also with the exception of those who travelled from Malaysia by land or sea.
How do you define ‘close contact’?
- In this case, a close contact is someone who shares the same living space or household, i.e. family member, housemate or roommate.
My housemate returned to Singapore from Malaysia by bus today, 17 Mar 2020. Do I need to observe a 14-day monitoring period?
- The authorities have highlighted that Singaporeans and Malaysians travelling into Singapore from Malaysia via land or sea will not be issued a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN). Therefore, you will not need to observe a 14-day monitoring period if your housemate travelled by bus (i.e. by land) from Malaysia to Singapore.
How is the 14-day monitoring period is determined?
- For those who travelled recently: The day you arrive in Singapore is Day 0, and you should return to work at the office only on Day 15 if you are well.
- Date of arrival in Singapore, i.e. Day 0 – 9 Mar 2020
- Date of return to work at the office, i.e. Day 15 – 24 Mar 2020
- For those who have had close contact with anyone who has travelled recently to the countries listed above: The day the close contact arrived in Singapore is Day 0, and you should return to work at the office only on Day 15 if both you and your close contact are well.
- Date of arrival in Singapore, i.e. Day 0 – 15 Mar 2020
- Date of return to work at the office, i.e. Day 15 – 30 Mar 2020
What should I do during the 14-day monitoring period?
- You must complete this online form (14 day monitoring) if you need to observe a 14-day monitoring period, and are required to work from home during this time. Please discuss a suitable arrangement with your manager to facilitate this, if necessary.
We hope the above provides better clarity on who should observe a 14-day monitoring period. If you are still unsure or need further clarification, please speak with your manager.
Reminder to defer all non-essential travel
- The authorities have reminded us to take the advice not to travel seriously, as “it puts everyone at risk, family members at risk, and everyone around you at risk”. We urge staff to comply and pleasedefer all non-essential travel abroad for the time being.
- Those who have to travel during this period must declare your travel plans via this online form (travel), and keep your manager informed of your travel plans. Please also check the MOH website for the latest measures before and during your trip as they evolve according to the global situation.
- If you are served with a government-issued SHN upon return to Singapore and are unable to work from home, you will be required to use your own annual leave entitlements to cover the duration of the SHN.
Continue to take all necessary precaution to practice social distancing in your daily activities, avoid crowds where possible and limit your exposure to anyone who is unwell.
Chen Boon Khing
Head of BCM Workgroup
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