Mandatory 14-Day Routine Tests for Covid-19 for Staff in Restaurants, Hairdressers and Other High-Risk Establishments, Singapore News & Top Stories
SINGAPORE – Staff working in environments with unmasked clients or where there is prolonged contact between individuals will need to undergo regular Covid-19 testing, using tests such as rapid antigen tests (ART).
This regular 14-day Quick and Easy Testing (FET) regime will be mandatory from around mid-July, the multi-ministerial Covid-19 task force said in a virtual press conference on Friday (June 18).
This staff includes employees of catering establishments, those working in personal care services such as facials and nails, spas, saunas, massage establishments, hairdressing and makeup services; and people working in gyms and fitness studios where clients are unmasked.
The task force expects most FETs to be done through a self-swab system supervised by employers.
To help companies get started with the FET regime, there will be training programs that they can use to train designated employees to supervise ART self-swabs for their staff. These training programs will be free for the next three months. ART kits will be made available to establishments for these self-swabs supervised by the employer.
Some F&B outlets have already sent their employees for training and are ready to implement regular testing gradually from June 21, the task force said.
Rapid Test Centers (QTCs) will also be set up to help small businesses that are unable to organize supervised self-swabs on their own, the task force said.
To begin with, one QTC each will be set up in Tekka and Yishun, which will be operational from June 21, and other centers of this type will be gradually created.
To further minimize the risk of transmission in these settings, the government will facilitate earlier vaccination of people working in these settings.
Visits to nursing homes for the aged are suspended until June 20. But with the resumption of physical visits to these homes from June 21, visitors will need to take a FET on arrival and produce a negative TAR result before being allowed entry. .
“We are seeking the patience and understanding from visitors that some homes may take longer to set up the necessary procedures for ART and will not be able to resume visits until a later date,” the task force said.
Other homes may start with a smaller number of visitors to allow them to stabilize their business processes before welcoming more visitors.
Visitors should plan visits with homes in advance and take into consideration the additional time required to complete the ART procedure.
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