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26th Mar 2020

     MOH has promulgated two sets of regulations under the Infectious Diseases Act to give legal force to the safe distancing measures announced by the Multi-Ministry Taskforce, and provide enhanced enforcement for breaches of the Stay-Home Notice (SHN).

Regulations on Stay-Home Notice (“SHN Regulations”)

2.   It was previously announced that from 20 March 2020, 2359 hours, all travellers, including Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders returning to Singapore, are issued a 14-day SHN [1]. From 25 March, 2359 hours, returnees from the United Kingdom and United States of America will serve their 14-day SHN in dedicated facilities.

3.    Under the SHN Regulations,

a)  Anyone issued an SHN must not leave their place of accommodation for the duration of the SHN.

b) Any individual who is issued a medical certificate by a medical practitioner certifying that he/she has acute respiratory symptoms must not, without reasonable excuse, leave the individual’s place of accommodation for five days starting on the day the medical certificate is issued.

4.    The penalty for an offence under the SHN Regulations is a fine of up to $10,000 or imprisonment of up to six months or both. (Please refer to Annex A for the SHN Regulations.)

Regulations on Safe Distancing (“Safe-Distancing Regulations”)

5.     Stricter measures will come into effect from 26 March 2020, 2359 hours, to limit gatherings outside of work and school to 10 persons or fewer, and ensure that physical distancing of at least one metre is maintained in settings where interactions are non-transient [2]

6.    Under the Safe-Distancing Regulations, any person who is guilty of an offence shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both. (Please refer to Annex B for the Safe-Distancing Regulations.)

26 MARCH 2020

[1] Returning residents and Long Term Pass holders from Hubei province (mainland China) will be quarantined at home or other suitable facilities.
[2] The stricter safe distancing measures are detailed in MOH’s press release on 24 March, “Tighter Measures to Minimise Further Spread of COVID-19”.

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