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29 Jan 2020 Updated 18 Sep 2021

Advisory on COVID-19 for businesses

Click here for updated advisories for Safe Management Measures at F&B, retail establishments and lifestyle-related services (updated 20 August 2021).

Date Title
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
2 May 2020 Home-based food businesses allowed to resume operations from 12 May 2020
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
18 Feb 2020 General Advisory for Employers if a Confirmed or Suspect Case of COVID-19 is Detected at the Workplace
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 General Advisory for Workplace Measures in Response to DORSCON Orange Situation in Singapore by
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and the
Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF)
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.

Collective Actions to Slow Community Transmission

From 8 September 2021, social gatherings and interactions at workplaces will no longer be allowed.

Businesses will also required to put in place work-from-home (WFH) requirement over a 14-day period should one or more of their workers be found to have contracted COVID-19 and have returned to their workplace. This means that everyone in the company who can WFH will be required to do so. Those who are working from home should minimise social gatherings and leave their homes only for essential activities during this 14-day period. More details will be released by MOM.

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 16 Septemeber to 13 October 2021, firms with employees that work onsite and are not already subject to FET or any mandatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test regimes, will be eligible to voluntarily apply for eight Antigen Rapid Test (ART) kits per onsite employee for weekly testing of their staff over a two-month period. With these kits, firms are to initiate weekly testing for their onsite staff. Businesses must put in place a process to ensure that the tests are done properly, and report the results to the respective Government Agencies. More information on this can be found here: www.gobusiness.gov.sg/timelimitedrrt/.

All businesses should encourage their employees to reduce non-essential social activities for the next two weeks and limit themselves to one social gathering a day.

Updates to Safe Management Measures (Announced 6 August)

Increase in Social Gathering Group Size

Group sizes for social gatherings will be increased to five persons and the cap of distinct visitors per household per day will also be increased to five. Unvaccinated individuals should remain in groups of no more than two persons, to reduce the likelihood of transmission and severe infection.

Updates on Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures and Eligibility

Fully-vaccinated individuals may participate, in groups up to five, in higher-risk activities where masks are removed. These activities include Food & Beverage (F&B) dine-in, personal care services and indoor high-intensity mask-off sports.

Individuals who are fully vaccinated with the World Health Organisation’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) vaccines such as Sinovac-CoronaVac, Sinopharm, and AstraZeneca will be eligible for the vaccination-differentiated Safe Management measures. An individual will be considered fully-vaccinated two weeks after he or she has received the full regimen of Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna, or any WHO EUL vaccines.

Unvaccinated individuals with a valid negative pre-event test result or recovered individuals are of similarly lower risk, and may also join in such groups of up to five.

From 20 August 2021, 2359 hours, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) will issue a tamper-proof vaccination sticker to be affixed onto the passport of newly arrived travellers who were fully vaccinated overseas with a WHO-Emergency Use Listing (EUL) vaccine, and who can furnish a valid, English-language vaccination certificate. These travellers will be eligible for vaccination-differentiated Safe Management Measures if they produce their passport with the valid tamper-proof sticker affixed.

Resumption of Dining-in at F&B Establishments for Vaccinated Groups

Groups of up to five persons will be allowed to dine-in at F&B establishments if all the diners are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated children aged 12 years and below may be included within the group of five persons as long as all the children are from the same household.

F&B establishments may only resume dine-in services for fully vaccinated persons as outlined above. F&B establishments that are not able to ensure this may only operate take-away and delivery services.

For hawker centres and coffee shops, groups of up to two persons (regardless of vaccination status) may dine in at these establishments.

Entertainment such as live performances, recorded music, and videos/TV screening continue to be prohibited. Patrons are reminded to adhere to Safe Management Measures and keep their masks on at all times except when eating or drinking.

Event sizes and capacity limits

The following event sizes and capacity limits will be increased. Unvaccinated children aged 12 and below may be included in a group of up to five persons if all the children are from the same household.

  • Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) events, live performances, spectator sport events and cinemas: Event sizes can hold up to 1,000 persons if all are fully vaccinated. Otherwise, event sizes will be limited to 50 persons without pre-event testing (PET). Unmasking and singing or playing of wind instruments at live performances for vaccinated performers may resume, subject to updated Safe Management Measures to be released by the National Arts Council (NAC).
  • Marriage solemnisations and wedding receptions: Marriage solemnisations in external venues (i.e. not in a place of residence or in the Registry of Marriages/Registry of Muslim Marriages building) can take place with up to 1,000 persons (including the wedding couple but excluding solemnisers and vendors) if all are fully vaccinated. Otherwise, these will be limited to 50 persons without PET. Wedding receptions will be allowed with up to 250 attendees if all are fully vaccinated, and with groups of up to five attendees per table.
  • Attractions, cruises, museums, and public libraries: Operating capacity is increased to 50%.
  • Shopping malls and showrooms: Occupancy limits for shopping malls and showrooms are increased to 10 sqm per person of Gross Floor Area.

Temperature screening in public places will no longer be a requirement.

“Vaccinate or Regular Test” Regime for Selected Sectors of the Workforce

Unvaccinated persons will be required to undergo regular testing to pick up possible infections early so that they can be treated early. This will also mitigate risk of transmission to their colleagues and the public.

The “vaccinate or regular test” regime will apply to the following groups from 1 October 2021:

  • 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 will be released by the respective agencies overseeing the sectors. We strongly encourage all employers to facilitate vaccination for your employees.

Mandatory Safe Management Measures

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:

Business Continuity Plans

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.

Travel Advisory

Please review work-related travel plans and defer all travel abroad, with the exception of short-term essential business and official travel between selected counterpart countries/regions and Singapore under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL). More details on the RGL can be found here.

You may also find more 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.

Precautionary Measures for General Employees

Please remind all employees who are unwell, even with mild flu-like symptoms, should see a doctor immediately. They should not go out into the public for any other purpose, and should not come into close contact with others.

Should you become aware that someone at your workplace is a confirmed or suspect case of COVID-19, you are advised to adopt these measures set out by MOM.

You should also carry out a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of that section of the workplace premises exposed to confirmed case(s). Please refer to the National Environment Agency’s (NEA) guidelines for more details.

Regulations under the Infectious Disease Act

The MOH will be promulgating Regulations under the Infectious Diseases Act to give legal force to the Safe Distancing Measures, as well as to provide enhanced penalties for breaches of the SHN. The penalty for an offence under the Regulations, including any SHN breach, would be a fine of less than $10,000 or imprisonment of less than six months or both. In addition, existing levers under the Infectious Diseases Act, including the temporary suspension of operations, may be used against persons and operators found to be non-compliant with the Regulations.

Support for Businesses

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.

The Government will continue to work together with tripartite partners to restructure our economy, build new enterprise capabilities, and upskill our workers for the future.

This advisory is based on information updated as of 18 September 2021.