The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has cleared 69 more dormitories, comprising three Purpose-Built Dormitories (PBD), 59 Factory-Converted Dormitories and seven Construction Temporary Quarters. In addition, 41 Blocks for Recovered Workers (BRWs) in 11 PBDs have also been cleared. This takes the total number cleared to 891 dormitories and 56 BRWs in 17 PBDs.
The 41 BRWs cleared include the remaining blocks in Tampines Dormitory, Cochrane Lodge 1, Cochrane Lodge 2, Changi Lodge 2 as well as Sungei Tengah Lodge.
“In particular, Sungei Tengah Lodge is the largest PBD with around 16,000 workers, all of whom can immediately return to work if their employers have obtained approval from their sector agencies to restart operations,” said an MOM press release.
The statement added that as of July 20, about 247,000 workers have either recovered, or have been tested to be free from the virus with some workers pending movement to appropriate accommodations before they can resume work.
“Others can return to work once dormitory operators, employers and workers have made the necessary preparations to complete the three required steps that will help minimise the risk of new infections as the workers go to work on a daily basis,” the statement said.