In light of the increasing share of COVID-19 cases among foreign workers in Singapore, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has stepped up inspections at factory-converted dormitories (FCDs) on residents' living conditions and wellbeing.

As such, they are checking that the FCD operators and employers adhere to the enhanced safe distancing measures, i.e. staying in their rooms as much as possible, minimising interactions with those not living in the same room, ensuring they go out only if they need to purchase essential goods and services, and making sure there is no loitering and gathering.

In separate inspections on 13 April in the vicinity of Tuas View Square, MOM inspectors found 24 work pass holders breaching circuit breaker (CB) measures, i.e. eating, drinking, and gathering in groups.

"To send a clear signal of the seriousness of the offense, MOM has decided to revoke all 24 work passes and permanently barred the individuals from working in Singapore," stated the Ministry.

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Between 11 April 2020 and 13 April 2020, MOM officers inspected over 600 FCDs located at Sungei Kadut, Tuas and other locations across Singapore.

Minor lapses were found in 57 FCDs, with the most prevalent issue being a lack of sickbays and isolation areas. The cleanliness levels of some of these FCDs were also found to be unacceptable. The operators have been instructed to rectify the issues immediately.

However, the vast majority of the FCDs had instituted safe distancing measures and health checks for their residents. The dormitory residents also had no wellbeing or salary issues.

MOM will complete the inspections of the remaining 600 FCDs within the week of 13 April.

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As a reminder, the following are the Dos and Don'ts during the Circuit Breaker period in Singapore:

Stay home. Stay safe.
Avoid gathering with others not from your household, either at home or outside
First offence: S$300. Repeat offenders: Higher fines, or prosecution in court for egregious cases
Elderly to stay home — they are most vulnerable to COVID-19

Don’t forget to wear a mask when going out, especially to markets and on public transport
Instead of peak hours, visit markets at non-peak hours on weekends or weekdays
Social contact should be limited to household members
Takeout or get your food delivered – no dining-in is allowed at eating places
All group recreational activities are not allowed in public spaces. Individuals and members of the same household are allowed to exercise by walking, jogging and cycling.
No loitering at public spaces. Do not enter closed-off public spaces.
Cleanliness and public hygiene are our first line of defence. Wash your hands with soap.
Exercise social responsibility.

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