With the spike in COVID-19 cases this past week, the authorities have implemented new measures to further reduce the risk of more importation of cases. Singapore citizens and residents have been asked to defer all travel abroad with immediate effect. From 20 March 2020, 2359 hrs, anyone entering Singapore will be issued with a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) and all new and existing work pass holders (including dependants) planning to enter/return to Singapore from any country must obtain MOM’s approval before they commence their journey.
We urge staff to read and comply with the advisories issued by MOH and MOM on 18 March 2020.
Reminder to Defer All Travel
Staff should defer all travel abroad for the time being. Staff who must travel must complete this online form (travel) and keep your manager informed of your travel plans.
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.
MOM Entry Approval A MUST for Work Pass Holders
Staff on work passes must keep HR informed of your travel plans as HR will need to apply for an entry approval from MOM which takes 10 days to process. Work pass holders who do not have this entry approval will not be able to re-enter Singapore. Failure to apply for the entry approval can lead to revocation of work pass privileges by the MOM.
Updates to implementation of the 14-day monitoring period
To stay aligned to efforts that the authorities are taking to contain spread of the virus, we have reassessed the measures that Income has put in place to safeguard our staff and reduce risk of infection and spread of the virus, while also ensuring that our business operations can continue in a safe and protected manner.
Therefore, going forward, staff will be asked to observe a 14-day monitoring period as an additional precautionary measure implemented by Income only if you have had close contact with (1) a confirmed case, or (2) someone who has been issued a Quarantine Order (QO).
- As per our last advisory, a close contact is someone who shares the same living space or household, i.e. family member, housemate or roommate.
- Inform your manager immediately if you are affected, and complete this online form (14 day monitoring). You should continue to work from home during this time. Please discuss a suitable arrangement with your manager to facilitate this, if necessary.
- Determining the 14-day monitoring period:
Close contact is:
Determining the 14-day monitoring period:
A confirmed case
Day 0 will be the day the case is confirmed. Staff will only return to work at the office on Day 15.
Someone who has been issued a QO
Day 0 will be the day the QO is issued. Staff should only return to work at the office on Day 15, or when the QO expires, whichever is earlier.
- You should return to work at the office only if you are well.
Staff who are currently on 14-day monitoring should continue to work from home, and return to work at the office thereafter, i.e. Day 15, if you are well.
We cannot stress enough the importance of being socially responsible at this time, and the need for everyone to play their part in our fight against COVID-19.
Thank you for your cooperation, and stay safe!
Chen Boon Khing
Head of BCM Workgroup
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