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Domestic helpers should stay at home during Phase 1 of Singapore's reopening: MOM

May 21, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
SINGAPORE: Foreign domestic workers are urged to stay at home, even on their days off, in the first phase of Singapore's reopening, as "Circuit breaker" measures to stem the spread of COVID-19 are progressively lifted from Jun 2, the Ministry of Manpower said on Thursday.

Foreign domestic workers "Should stay at home during Phase One, including on their rest days," MOM said in an advisory sent to employers.

In the advisory, MOM "Encouraged" employers to give their domestic workers a weekly rest day at home and that on this rest day, workers "Should not be asked to work".

Employers are encouraged to introduce their domestic helpers to e-remittance services and meaningful online activities, such as online lessons organised by the Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training.

Singapore authorities first issued an advisory for foreign domestic workers to adhere to safe distancing practices on their rest days on Mar 21, in line with stricter measures announced by the Health Ministry.