Large-scale events amidst the COVID-19

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With the recent upgrade from DORSCON Yellow to DORSCON Orange on 7 February 2020 in Singapore, some companies have been left wondering what they should do about their large-scale events.

In a letter published by Ministry of Trade and Industry Singapore on 15 February 2020, MTI advises on the following:

Businesses should maintain normalcy, as long as the necessary precautions are taken. 

  1. As advised by MOH, businesses are advised to cancel or defer non- essential large-scale events to reduce the risk of community transmission of COVID-19. The importance of the events differs according to the needs and priorities of the respective organisations. 
  2. Large scale events refer to events with more than 1000 attendees. As a rough guideline, non-essential large-scale events refer to events like Dinner and Dance and Family Day with more than 1000 attendees. 
  3. Smaller-scale events such as training and development courses and internal townhall meetings can continue. 

With this in mind, businesses should continue to put in place the necessary precautions as advised by MOH:

  • Carry out temperature screening;
  • Look out for respiratory symptoms such as cough or runny nose, and denyentry to unwell individuals;
  • Remind participants not to attend if they have recent travel history tomainland China or are under leave of absence, and require a traveldeclaration, if possible;
  • Ensure that event venues are ventilated and are adequately equipped withfacilities for hand washing;
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning commonly used areas; and
  • Maintain a registration list of participants, if practical.

For more information please refer to the following:

15 February 2020 MTI Letter: Advisory for businesses on large-scale events amidst the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) situation

8 February 2020 MOH Letter: Advisory for Large-Scale Events Amidst the Novel Coronavirus Situation

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