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Circular No: M&P/106/04/WH

24 April 2020

Advisory on extension of Circuit Breaker period for construction firms

PM Lee has announced on 21 April 2020 that the circuit breaker period will be extended by another 4 weeks until 1 June 2020 (inclusive). For a summary of the additional measures and support for workers and businesses, please refer to the attached press release and infographics from the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) has advised that businesses that had earlier received approvals to operate during the original Circuit Breaker period from 7 April 2020 to 4 May 2020 can continue doing so until 1 June 2020. However we would like to bring your attention to the following:

  1. Workers staying at dormitories that have been gazetted as isolation areas due to COVID-19 (see link) will no longer be allowed to work even though they had been allowed to earlier.
  1. Workers staying at other purpose built dormitories (PBDs), factory converted dormitories (FCDs), construction temporary quarters (CTQs) and temporary living quarters (TLQs) and are carrying out essential services at the respective sites may continue to work. However, employers are to re-submit the following to carry out essential services on site
  1. BCA - Appeal to BCA to continue Works https://form.gov.sg/#!/5e9aa221d273ec0011e05c97
  2. MTI - Appeal on Movement Policy for Foreign Workers https://form.gov.sg/#!/5e9ed5e9a424f00011c9877c
  1. Members are to note that a maximum number of workers will be capped by MTI upon the approval of Exemption from Suspension of Business Activities.  You are advised to schedule a work roster to ensure that the number of workers needed to carry out the essential services does not exceed the maximum number of workers allowed.

(Refer to attached Application flowchart for Exemption from suspension to carry out essential services & BCA advisory - Annex)

We would also like to bring  your attention to the requirement for the SafeEntry system, which is a digital check-in application that logs workers’ entry and exit at workplaces to ensure that contact tracing can be done expeditiously. To set up the SafeEntry system for your work premises, please email the completed Onboarding Form (attached) to travelandhealth@myinfo.gov.sg.

The system works through an individual’s mobile phone as follows:

  1. Scan designated QR code to access the SafeEntry website
  1. Select “Check-in” when entering, or “Check-out” when exiting the premises
  1. SingPass Mobile users can consent to the sharing of their Name, NRIC and Mobile number via the app. If the individual does not have SingPass Mobile, the name, NRIC and Mobile numbers should be manually entered.
  1. The check-in or check-out process is completed.

At the worksite entry/exit, the SafeEntry QR code poster should be prominently displayed. Companies are reminded to ensure that visitors’ data are handled according to the Personal Data Protection Act and the business’ data management policies.

For more information on SafeEntry please visit https://www.ndi-api.gov.sg/safeentry.

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