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29 Jan 2020 Updated 25 Nov 2021

Advisory on COVID-19 for businesses

Click here for updated advisories for SMMs at F&B and retail establishments as well as lifestyle-related services (updated 22 November 2021).

Date Title
22 Nov 2021 Updated Advisory for Safe Management Measures at Retail Establishments and Lifestyle-Related Services
22 Nov 2021 Updated Safe Management Measures at Food & Beverage Establishments
20 Nov 2021 Resuming our transition towards COVID resilience
17 Nov 2021 Updated Safe Management Measures at Food & Beverage Establishments
15 Nov 2021 Extending VDS-enabled activities, Vaccinated Travel Lanes and recreation activities for migrant workers as part of calibrated easing in Stabilisation Phase
10 Nov 2021 Updated Advisory for Safe Management Measures at Retail Establishments and Lifestyle-Related Services
10 Nov 2021 Updated Safe Management Measures at Food & Beverage Establishments
23 Oct 2021 MOM: Updated advisory on COVID-19 vaccination at the workplace
23 Oct 2021 Preparing for safe resumption of activities by building strong foundations in stabilisation phase
20 Oct 2021 Updates on local situation and maintaining the stabilisation measures
13 Oct 2021 Updated Advisory for Safe Management Measures at Food & Beverage Establishments
12 Oct 2021 Updated Advisory for Safe Management Measures at Retail Establishments and Lifestyle-Related Services
12 Oct 2021 Exemptions for Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures at Malls and Large Standalone Stores
11 Oct 2021 Updated Advisory for Safe Management Measures at Food & Beverage Establishments
10 Oct 2021 Vaccination-differentiated SMMs at Malls and Large Standalone Stores
9 Oct 2021 Protecting the vulnerable, securing our future
25 Sep 2021 Updated Advisory for Safe Management Measures at Retail Establishments and Lifestyle-Related Services
25 Sep 2021 Updated Advisory for Safe Management Measures at Food & Beverage Establishments
24 Sep 2021 Stabilising our COVID-19 situation and protecting our overall healthcare capacity
06 Sep 2021 Collective actions to slow down community transmission
20 Aug 2021 Updated Advisory for Safe Management Measures at Retail Establishments and Lifestyle-Related Services
20 Aug 2021 Updated Advisory for Safe Management Measures at Food & Beverage Establishments
09 Aug 2021 Updated Advisory for Safe Management Measures at Retail Establishments and Lifestyle-Related Services
09 Aug 2021 Updated Advisory for Safe Management Measures at Food & Beverage Establishments
06 Aug 2021 Preparing for our transition towards COVID resilience
23 Jul 2021 Support package to help workers and businesses during Phase 2 (Heightened Alert)
21 Jul 2021 Updated Advisory for Safe Management Measures at Retail Establishments and Lifestyle-Related Services
21 Jul 2021 Updated Advisory for Safe Management Measures at Food & Beverage Establishments
20 Jul 2021 Going back to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert)
19 Jul 2021 Updated Advisory for Safe Management Measures at Food & Beverage Establishments
16 Jul 2021 Updates on Phase 3 (Heightened Alert) measures
12 Jul 2021 Updated Advisory for Safe Management Measures at Retail Establishments and Lifestyle-Related Services
24 Jun 2021 MAS and financial industry further extend support measures for individuals and SMEs in Tier 1 and 2 sectors
23 Jun 2021 Updated Advisory for Safe Management Measures at Retail Establishments and Lifestyle-Related Services
18 Jun 2021 Calibrated reopening to keep our community safe
18 Jun 2021 Agencies to step up enforcement of Safe Management Measures at food and beverage establishments and hotspots; 61 individuals fined over weekend
13 Jun 2021 Enterprise Singapore extends Food Delivery Booster Package for one more month until 15 July 2021
10 Jun 2021 Maintaining Heightened Alert to minimise risk of transmission as we re-open safely
7 June 2021 Updated guidance note on Safe Management Measures for companies
28 May 2021 Support measures enhanced to help individuals and businesses during Phase 2 (Heightened Alert)
24 May 2021 Increased enforcement of Safe Management Measures at workplaces in Phase 2 (Heightened Alert)
23 May 2021 Updated Advisory for Safe Management Measures at Retail Establishments and Lifestyle-Related Services
23 May 2021 Updated Advisory for Safe Management Measures for Food & Beverage and Online Retail Delivery
16 May 2021 Enterprise Singapore re-introduces support measures for F&B and retail businesses to develop digital capabilities and offset business costs arising from tighter COVID-19 restrictions
15 May 2021 Updated Advisory for Safe Management Measures at Food & Beverage Establishments
14 May 2021 Updates on local situation and heightened alert to minimise transmission
05 May 2021 Updated Advisory for Safe Management Measures at Food & Beverage Establishments
05 May 2021 Updated Advisory for Safe Management Measures at Retail Establishments and Lifestyle-Related Services
04 May 2021 Updates on local situation, border measures and shift to heightened alert to minimise transmission
01 May 2021 Advisory for Phase Three re-opening of retail establishments and lifestyle-related services
30 April 2021 Updates on local situation, border measures for Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Thailand and precautionary measures to minimise transmission from Tan Tock Seng hospital cluster
23 April 2021 Advisory for Phase Three re-opening of food & beverage establishments
14 Dec 2020 Moving into Phase Three of re-opening
16 June 2020 Advisory for Phase Two re-opening of F&B establishments
16 June 2020 Advisory for Phase Two re-opening of retail establishments and lifestyle-related services
15 June 2020 Moving into Phase Two of re-opening
15 June 2020 Gradual re-opening of travel and changes to border measures
9 June 2020 58 fines issued by ESG and STB in the first week of Phase One post Circuit Breaker
3 June 2020 Joint press statement by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Trade and Industry on the Singapore-China fast lane for essential travel
19 May 2020 End of Circuit Breaker, phased approach to resuming activities safely
19 May 2020 Advisory on gradual resumption of business activities in phases starting from 2 June 2020
9 May 2020 Safe Management Measures for retail establishments
9 May 2020 Safe Management Measures for food & beverage establishments
9 May 2020 FAQs on Safe Management Measures at the workplace after Circuit Breaker period
9 May 2020 Requirements for Safe Management Measures at the workplace after Circuit Breaker period
9 May 2020 Implementing SafeEntry and Safe Management Practices
6 May 2020 Enterprise Singapore expands E-Commerce Booster Package
6 May 2020 Extension of Stay-Home Notices for work permit and S pass holders in construction sector
6 May 2020 Guidelines for gradual resumption of business operations
2 May 2020 [Updated] Safe distancing measures for retail establishments
2 May 2020 [Updated] Safe distancing measures for food & beverage establishments
2 May 2020 Easing the tighter Circuit Breaker measures, preparing for gradual resumption of activity after 1 June
1 May 2020 Extension of Stay-Home Notices for work permit and S pass holders in construction sector
21 April 2020 Tightened list of essential services and measures for workplaces which remain open
21 April 2020 Government to continue support measures to protect livelihoods and stabilise businesses during extended circuit breaker period
21 April 2020 Strong national push to stem spread of COVID-19
20 April 2020 New Facility at interest rate of 0.1% to help banks and finance companies lower cost of loans to SMEs
17 April 2020 Hostel fined for breach of COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act
17 April 2020 More subsidised solutions to support working from home for businesses
17 April 2020 Support for businesses and individuals to defray third party professional cleaning and disinfection costs for premises with confirmed COVID-19 cases
15 April 2020 Ensuring adherence to safe distancing measures amongst food delivery personnel
9 April 2020 Enterprise Singapore expands its Food Delivery Booster Package
9 April 2020 Enterprise Singapore and Singapore Tourism Board order 85 businesses to cease operations
8 April 2020 ESG and STB conducted over 10000 enforcement checks; 10 businesses instructed to cease operations
7 April 2020 Eight establishments warned for non-compliance with safe distancing measures
7 April 2020 Safe Distancing measures for food & beverage and online retail delivery
5 April 2020 Tightened safe distancing measures for food & beverage establishments, retail establishments, shopping malls and standalone stores
3 April 2020 Circuit Breaker to Minimise Further Spread of COVID-19
3 April 2020 Suspension of Activities at Workplace Premises to Reduce COVID-19 Transmission
3 April 2020 Additional Safe Distancing Measures for the Workplace
25 Mar 2020 MOM Entry Approval and Stay-Home Notice Requirements for Work Pass Holders from Malaysia
25 Mar 2020 Measures to Prevent Congregations of Foreign Workers and Foreign Domestic Workers
25 Mar 2020 Employers Advised To Plan For More Sustainable Housing Options For Their Workers Usually Housed In Malaysia
24 Mar 2020 Tighter measures to Minimise Further Spread of COVID-19
24 Mar 2020 Further Measures to Help Companies Cope with COVID-19 Situation
23 Mar 2020 All Travellers Arriving In Singapore From 27 March 2020, 0900 Hours, Must Submit Health Declaration Via The SG Arrival Card E-Service
22 Mar 2020 Additional Border Control Measures to Reduce Further Importation of COVID-19 Cases
20 Mar 2020 Stricter Safe Distancing Measures to Prevent Further Spread of COVID-19 Cases
20 Mar 2020 Companies Encouraged to Impose Leave of Absence for Employees Returning Between 14 And 20 March 2020
19 Mar 2020 Temporary Housing Support for Employers Affected by Malaysia’s Movement Control Order
18 Mar 2020 MOM Entry Approval and Stay-Home Notices Now Covers All New and Existing Work Pass Holders
18 Mar 2020 Additional Measures for Travellers to Prevent Further Importation of COVID-19 Cases
17 Mar 2020 Help for workers affected by lockdown in Malaysia
17 Mar 2020 Accommodating Workers Affected By Lockdown in Malaysia
16 Mar 2020 Advisory for employers on employees’ non-essential travel in response to updated travel advisory (COVID-19)
15 Mar 2020 Additional Precautionary Measures to Prevent Further Importation of COVID-19 Cases
15 Mar 2020 MOM Entry Approval and Stay-Home Notices Extended to ASEAN Countries, Japan, Switzerland and the United Kingdom
13 Mar 2020 Additional Precautionary Measures to Prevent Further Importation and Spread of COVID-19 Cases
12 Mar 2020 SG Clean Quality Mark Extended to Tourism and Lifestyle Businesses as part of Nationwide Efforts to Uplift Sanitation and Hygiene
11 Mar 2020 Tripartite Partners Update Advisory on Managing Excess Manpower and Responsible Retrenchment in View of COVID-19
3 Mar 2020 Additional Precautionary Measures in Response to Escalating Global Situation
3 Mar 2020 MOM Entry Approval and Stay-Home Notices Extended to More Countries
25 Feb 2020 Entry Approval Requirement for Employers with Work Pass Holders with Travel History to Daegu City and Cheongdo County
25 Feb 2020 Additional Precautionary Measures in Response to Escalating Situation in Daegu and Cheongdo
23 Feb 2020 Public Health Travel Advisory in Response to Cases of COVID-19 in Republic of Korea
19 Feb 2020 Call for Collaboration (“CFC”) for the Appointment of Assessment Organisations for “SG Clean Programme”
18 Feb 2020 Coping with COVID-19: Economic Measures for Companies and Workers
17 Feb 2020 Implementation of New Stay-Home Notice
16 Feb 2020 Press Release: “SG Clean” Campaign Launched to Rally Public and Businesses to Work Together to Keep Singapore Clean
15 Feb 2020 Advisory for Businesses on Large-Scale Events Amidst the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) Situation
7 Feb 2020 New Requirements for Employers Who Have Work Pass Holders With Travel History to Mainland China
Entering or Returning to Singapore
7 Feb 2020 Risk Assessment Raised to DORSCON Orange



We advise all businesses to refer to the Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) websites for the latest updates.

To provide a safe environment for customers and workers, all businesses must continue to implement Safe Management Measures as required by the MOM and comply with the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations.

To check if your business is allowed to operate physically onsite, please refer to covid.gobusiness.gov.sg/permittedlist.

All businesses must comply with the general requirements for Safe Management Measures, and any sector-specific requirements which apply to them. Strict checks will be conducted, and businesses that do not provide a safe workplace for workers will have their operations suspended until they are able to do so.

Updates to Safe Management Measures from 22 November 2021

More details of the updates can be found below. A summary of the updated community measures from 22 November 2021 can be found here.

Increase in Social Gathering Group Size

The permissible social gathering group size will be increased from two persons to five persons. The cap of two distinct visitors per household per day will correspondingly increase to five distinct visitors per household per day.

Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS) for F&B settings

Groups of up to five persons, even if not from the same household, will be allowed to dine-in at food and beverage (F&B) establishments if all the diners are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated children aged 12 years and below (i.e. born in 2009 or later) may be included within the group of five persons as long as all these children are from the same household. As previously announced, medically ineligible persons may also be included within such groups of five persons from 1 December 2021.

Such groups of up to five persons will only be allowed to dine-in at hawker centres and coffee shops where full VDS checks have been implemented. The initial batch of hawker centres and coffee shops that are ready will start such checks from 23 November 2021, and more will do so when ready with access control and systems to perform vaccination checks at entry points. Otherwise, dining-in at hawker centres and coffee shops without full VDS checks will remain at groups of up to two fully vaccinated persons. Unvaccinated individuals are not allowed to dine-in and may continue to only take-away food from these establishments. The National Environment Agency (NEA) and the Singapore Food Agency .

Marriage Solemnisations and Wedding Receptions

Wedding couples or individuals from the wedding party who (i) undergo an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) minimally supervised by the venue operator; or (ii) have a valid PET obtained within 24 hours prior to the event may safely include more activities in their wedding celebrations. These activities include unmasking by the wedding couple throughout the reception or solemnisation event, and singing by members of the Wedding Party at the reception, subject to additional precautions. More details will be provided in a separate advisory by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF).

Expanding VDS to More Venues

From 1 December 2021, VDS will be expanded to more settings and activities, including in all libraries under the National Library Board (NLB), and selected activities in community clubs/centres under People’s Association (PA).

Removal of VDS Concession for Voluntarily Unvaccinated Individuals

Under current rules, unvaccinated individuals can get a PET and show a negative test result to enter a VDS setting. The Government will remove this concession for unvaccinated individuals to perform PET in lieu of being fully vaccinated. From 1 January 2022, only fully vaccinated, recovered, or medically ineligible individuals, or children aged 12 years and below (subject to venue/event-specific caps) will be allowed to enter settings where VDS is implemented.

Tapering of Support Measures

As Singapore exits the Stabilisation Phase, the Government will correspondingly taper down the support measures to the following:

  • 10% Jobs Support Scheme support from 22 November to 19 December 2021 for F&B, retail, cinemas, museums, art galleries, historical sites, family entertainment, tourism, gyms and fitness studios, and performing arts and arts education. More details can be found here;
  • 0.5 month rental waiver for the cooked food and market stallholders in centres managed by NEA or NEA-appointed operators;
  • COVID-19 Driver Relief Fund payout at $10 and $5 per vehicle per day in December 20212 and January 2022 respectively for taxi and private hire car drivers.

Medically ineligible individuals will be exempted from VDS from 1 December 2021. From 15 November 2021, such individuals can visit any General Practitioner (GP) clinic, or public or private healthcare institution to be certified as medically ineligible, subject to meeting the revised criteria. They will be issued with a standard paper memo, which should be presented along with a government-issued photo identification card to be exempted from VDS.

Workforce Vaccination Measures to Keep the Workplace Safe

From 1 January 2022, only employees who are fully vaccinated*, or have recovered from COVID-19 within the past 270 days, can return to the workplace. Unvaccinated employees will not be allowed to return to the workplace unless they have tested negative for COVID-19 before returning to the workplace, and they will need to pay for the costs of these tests. The test should be a Pre-Event Test at an MOH-approved COVID-19 test provider, and must be valid# for the duration that the employees are required to be present at the workplace. Please refer to the Updated Advisory on COVID-19 Vaccination at the Workplace for more details on work arrangements for unvaccinated employees.

* An individual is considered vaccinated if he/she a) has been fully vaccinated, i.e. received the appropriate regimen of World Health Organisation Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) vaccines including their respective duration post-vaccination for the vaccine to be fully effective and b) had their vaccination records ingested in MOH’s IT systems.

# Negative ART results are valid for 24 hours.

Companies should also adhere to the mandatory Safe Management Measures at the workplace as required by the MOM.

In addition, we have also released Safe Management Measures for the following sectors. If your business is among the following, please refer to the respective links for the relevant guidelines:

For management of potential contacts of positive COVID-19 cases at the workplace, please refer to MOM’s Safe Management Measures at the workplace.

For protocol on disinfection for premises visited by positive COVID-19 cases, refer to NEA’s guidelines for disinfection.

Refer to www.gobusiness.gov.sg/covid-faqs for other frequently asked questions.

From 13 September 2021, the frequency of Fast and Easy Test (FET) Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) regime will be increased from once every fortnight to once a week.

The mandatory FET RRT will also be extended to those working in more settings with frequent community interactions. These include retail mall workers, supermarket staff, last-mile delivery personnel (including parcel and food delivery personnel), and public and private transport workers (taxi drivers, private hire car drivers and all public transport frontline staff). The Government will subsidise the costs of all tests under this enhanced surveillance regime, for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, until the end of 2021. More details will be provided by the respective Government agencies.

From 1 October 2021, the “vaccinate or regular test” regime will also apply to the following groups:

  • Individuals working in the healthcare sector, eldercare sector and settings with children 12 years and below;
  • Individuals who interact with customers in higher-risk mask-off settings (e.g. F&B establishments, gyms and fitness studios, and personal care services), work at our borders or perform COVID-19 frontline work;
  • Retail mall workers, workers in supermarket outlets, taxi and private hire care drivers, last mile delivery personnel, driving school instructors/private driving instructors, and public transport frontline staff;
  • All individuals working in the Public Service.

For the full list of sectors subject to the “vaccinate or regular test” regime, please click here.

Any unvaccinated persons under the “vaccinate or regular test” regime will have to be tested with an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) kit twice a week. For those who are medically ineligible for vaccines, the Government will subsidise their tests.

More details on the mandatory testing for the F&B, retail and lifestyle-related sectors can be found here.

All workplaces should update their business continuity plans (BCP), and stay prepared for any increase in community transmission. As the situation is evolving rapidly around the world, we encourage all companies to have their BCP in place.

We, supported by the Singapore Business Federation, have also enhanced the Business Continuity Guide for Enterprises to support you in developing your plans to deal with COVID-19.

Details on relevant travel advisories/restrictions on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) website.

All travellers arriving in Singapore, including residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents) and Long-Term Pass holders (Student’s Pass, Dependent’s Pass, Work Pass and Long-Term Visit Pass Holders) must ensure they fulfil the relevant requirements by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). More details on this can be found here.

All travellers departing Singapore are advised to check the MFA website for the latest travel advisories to other countries/regions, and check with the immigration authority or embassy of the destination country/region on the relevant health requirements imposed on travellers from Singapore.

The Government has introduced various support measures across different Budgets in response to COVID-19 to help companies and workers weather near-term uncertainties. The latest measures are outlined as follows:

ESG, together with other Government agencies, has launched initiatives and enhanced existing programmes to provide more support more businesses. For more information, please click here.

The Ministry of Law has introduced the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 to offer relief to businesses and individuals who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please click here.

As businesses seek to adjust to the changing operating environment, we strongly encourage employers to take a long-term view of their manpower needs. When managing excess manpower, retrenchment should always be the last resort, after other options have been considered and found to be unworkable.

If you have 10 or more employees and have implemented any cost-saving measures that affects your employees’ monthly salaries (including bonuses and increments) during this period, you are required to notify MOM through this online form – within 1 week after implementation. This temporary requirement is in place to encourage responsible implementation of such measures, prevent downstream salary disputes, and allow MOM to monitor the scope and scale of such measures. For more details, please refer to the MOM website.

This advisory is based on information updated as of 22 November 2021.