COVID-19: Updates On Tightening Measures

05 May 2021

Ref No: 050521 (2)
UEN: S97SS0046G

As announced by the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) last evening, there will be a further tightening of border measures and safe management measures to reduce the risk of community spread. Details can be found here. Summary of all measures applicable from 1 May through 30 May can be found here.

In particular, enterprises should take note of the following: 

  • Border measures that will take effect from 7 May 2359hrs: 
    • Currently, prevailing border measures that apply to incoming travellers are determined based on recent travel history of 14 days. This will be extended to past 21 days. 
    • All travellers with travel history to higher risk countries/regions who are arriving from 7 May 2359hrs will be required to serve a 21-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities
    • As of 4 May 2021, higher risk countries/regions refers to all countries/regions except Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Mainland China, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, and Macao SAR. Please refer to the Safe Travel Office Website for updates to the countries/ regions identified.
  • The current permissible group size of up to 8 persons will be reduced to up to 5 persons
  • At the workplace, from 8 May through 30 May 2021: 
    • Employers must ensure that no more than 50% of employees who are able to work from home return to the office at any time. 
    • Social gatherings at the workplace are to be avoided. 
    • If cannot be avoided (e.g. during meal breaks), group sizes have to be kept at 5 or fewer
  • TraceTogether-only Safe Entry (TT-only SE) brought forward to 17 May 2021
    • Scanning of Safe Entry QR codes with phone camera and Singpass App will be discontinued at all venues that experience a higher throughput of visitors and/or where persons are likely to be in close proximity for prolonged periods. 
  • SafeEntry Gateway required to be deployed at more venues from 15 June 2021
    • Full list of venues required to deploy the SafeEntry Gateway can be found at the SafeEntry website. 
  • The sector SMM advisories for F&B and Retail have also been updated to address the tightening measures.