95 more dormitories have been cleared of COVID-19 with effect from today. These comprise one Purpose-Built Dormitory (PBD), 78 Factory-Converted Dormitories and 16 Construction Temporary Quarters. In addition, 12 Blocks for Recovered Workers (BRWs) in six PBDs have been cleared.
Of the 12 BRWs cleared today, one is from Kian Teck Hostel. With this, the entire Kian Teck Hostel has been declared cleared of COVID-19. This takes the total number to 975 dormitories and 64 BRWs in 17 PBDs cleared of COVID-19.
As of 28 July 2020, about 262,000 workers (approximately 85%) have either recovered or have been tested to be free from the virus. Many of them are staying in cleared dormitories or BRWs and can resume work once dormitory operators, employers and workers have made the necessary preparations to complete the three required steps1 that will help minimise the risk for new infections as the workers go to work on a daily basis. Many dormitories complete the steps almost immediately, with almost all completing in a week or less.
With more dormitories cleared, sector agencies are following up with the companies, especially the contractors, to get ready to resume work soon. Employers may also wish to refer to the following advisories by the Building & Construction Authority for Built Environment sector, as well as the Economic Development Board and Enterprise Singapore for the Process, Construction & Maintenance and Marine & Offshore sectors on how they can resume work. As our hotline is experiencing high volumes, we seek employers’ understanding and encourage them to check the AccessCode status of their workers on the Safe@Work eService.
The Forward Assurance and Support Teams (FAST) are working closely with dormitory operators, employers and migrant workers to complete all the necessary steps and clear the remaining dormitories. Employers can refer to the MOM website for the latest list of cleared dormitories and dormitories to be cleared in the coming weeks.