COVID-19: stay-home notice extended for a further 14 days

The mandatory stay-home notice (SHN) for all work permit and S-pass holders in the construction sector has been extended until 18 May 2020, as announced by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in a joint media release on 1 May 2020.

SHN was introduced as a precautionary measure to protect employers and workers from the risk of further transmission of COVID-19 at construction worksites.

In the joint statement, BCA and MOM said the number of infected construction work pass holders living in non-purpose-built dormitories (PBD) premises continues to rise.

“This suggests that transmission at construction worksites among such workers had occurred before the start of the SHN period. The cases that are now being observed could have been incubated earlier or may have spread among the workers’ close contacts and house-mates,” said MOM and BCA.

Based on the public health assessment by the Ministry of Health, the extension of SHN will help to break the cycle of transmission.

BCA and MOM suggest employers to make arrangements for delivery of food and other daily essentials.

– Construction+ Online

Sources: Building and Construction Authority and Ministry of Manpower