COVID-19: Migrant workers in Singapore can visit community areas without exit pass

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Migrant workers in Singapore doing their grocery shopping.
Migrant workers in Singapore. (FILE PHOTO: Ministry of Manpower)

SINGAPORE — From 24 June, migrant workers residing in dormitories in Singapore will no longer need an exit pass to visit community areas with some exceptions, as the country further relaxes its COVID-19 measures among the community.

However, the Ministry of Health said in a media release on Friday (10 June) that visit passes will be required for four popular locations on some days, in order to manage the expected high footfall. The four locations are Chinatown, Geylang Serai, Jurong East and Little India.

If a migrant worker wishes to visit one of these four locations during Sundays and public holidays, he will have to apply for the visit pass.

Up to 80,000 of such passes will be made available per Sunday or public holiday. For a start, there will be 30,000 passes for Little India, 20,000 for Jurong East, and 15,000 each for Chinatown and Geylang Serai.

No passes will be needed if migrant workers are visiting community areas, including the four popular locations, on weekdays, Saturdays or non-public holidays, or if they are visiting other locations in Singapore on Sundays and public holidays.

Since April 2020, some 300,000 migrant workers in Singapore have been living under restricted conditions at purpose-built dormitories and factory-converted dormitories, in a bid to control the spread of COVID-19.

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