More S’pore employees can return to work from April 5th


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From April 5, more employees can return to work and separation of teams will no longer be mandatory.

Co-chair of the COVID-19 multi-ministerial working group Lawrence Wong announced today (March 24th) that Singapore will move from a standard arrangement to work from home to a “more flexible and hybrid way of working”.

Currently, 50 percent of the company’s employees can be in the office at the same time. That will be increased to 75 percent on April 5.

In addition, the current time limit in the office will be abolished.

“We will no longer make demands to separate teams, but we will strongly encourage employers to continue to schedule start-up times and apply flexible working hours, and of course, employers must continue to apply all prevailing safe management measures,” Mr Wong said.

Measures to reduce the risks of COVID-19 transmission

Despite easing some Covid-19 measures, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a press release today that it is still necessary to reduce transmission risks by reducing interactions and congestion in common areas.

Thus, social and recreational events such as team building initiatives must be limited to eight people. Restrictions on job scheduling also remain in place, and companies are required to adhere to the necessary safe distancing and capacity constraints.

Employers must also continue to implement measures such as regular cleaning of common areas and wearing masks at all times.

Enforcement measures will be taken against employers who do not comply with safety management measures. This includes the possibility of closing the workplace.

“If there is an increased risk of a resurgence of COVID-19, we will need to adjust our posture and we will need to reintroduce stricter measures in the workplace,” the MOH said.

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