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19 Jun 2020

1. MOM issues fines, orders closure of workplaces for failing to comply with SMM

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has issued 52 fines and ordered seven workplaces to cease operations over lapses in Safe Management Measures (SMM) as at Monday (15th June) afternoon, following the lifting of Circuit Breaker measures earlier this month.

Six of the workplaces ordered to close were found to have many employees on site despite them being able to do their work at home, while the seventh was due to multiple lapses in implementing said measures.

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2. All workers in dorm must activate contact tracing app by Friday

MOM stated that all workers staying in dormitories will have to download and activate the national contact tracing app TraceTogether by Friday. The requirement applies to work permit and S Pass holders in the construction, marine and process sectors.

From Saturday, being registered on TraceTogether will become one of the criteria workers have to meet on SGWorkPass – another app – in order to be allowed to leave their dormitories and go to work.

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3. Migrant workers to remain in dormitories on rest days in Phase 2 of reopening

To prevent a wave of new COVID-19 infections, migrant workers will continue staying within their dormitories on their rest days as Singapore moves to Phase 2 of its reopening.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) added that when the infection rates in the community as well as the dormitories can be “sustained at lower levels for a longer period of time”, workers at cleared dormitories and blocks will have the opportunity to leave their dormitories to run personal errands at approved locations.

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4. More long-term pass holders can return, but need prior approval

More long-term pass holders can return to Singapore during phase two of the country’s reopening, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong.

But they have to get prior approval before entering Singapore, although the authorities have gradually approved more applications as the situation improves – especially for those with deep roots here or facing exigent circumstances, he added.

Mr Wong said government agencies, in particular the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), have received appeals and are working their way through the list.

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5. “Stay Healthy, Go Digital” Campaign by IMD

With the COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent implementation of the circuit breaker, Infocomm Media Development & Authority (IMDA) launched the “Stay Healthy, Go Digital” campaign in March 2020 to help businesses in different sectors cope with the changes in the business environment.

The campaign aims to help businesses to remain operational by adopting digital solutions, when a substantial amount of the workforce is now working from home (WFH).

Solutions which are very useful for this period includes Remote Working Tools, Laptop-bundles, and Temperate Taking solutions. Additionally, the solutions found within this campaign are either priced “Free”, “For a Limited-Time Offer” or “Supported by the Productivity Solutions Grant (PSG)”. To help alleviate the financial concerns of adopting these solutions, the PSG support has also been increased from 70% to 80% until 31st December 2020.

For more information on the campaign, please click here.

For a curated suite of technology solutions, please refer to the Digital Solutions Directory or SME Portal.

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