As of April 5, more employees will be able to return to work and the division of teams will no longer be mandatory.
Lawrence Wong, Co-Chair of the COVID-19 Multi-Departmental Task Force, announced today (March 24) that Singapore will move from standard home work to a “more flexible and hybrid way of working.”
Currently, 50 percent of a company’s employees can be in the office at any time. This will be increased to 75 percent from April 5th.
It also removes the current limit on time spent in the office.
“We will no longer mandate the division of teams, but we will strongly encourage employers to still postpone start times and introduce flexible hours, and of course employers must continue to implement all applicable safe management measures,” said Wong.
Measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission
Despite easing some Covid-19 measures, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a press release today that there is still a need to reduce the risk of transmission by reducing interactions and crowds in common spaces.
Social and recreational events such as team loyalty initiatives must be limited to eight people. There are still restrictions on cross-deployment in the workplace, and companies are encouraged to maintain the necessary safety distances and capacity limits.
Employers must continue to implement measures such as regular cleaning of common areas and the wearing of masks at all times.
Enforcement action will be taken against employers who fail to adhere to the security measures. This includes the possibility of jobs being closed.
“If the risk of COVID-19 recurrence increases, we need to adjust our attitudes and reintroduce stricter measures in the workplace,” MOH said.
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