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199 firms and workplaces fined S$45,000, 29 work passes revoked for COVID-19 breaches: MOM

199 firms and workplaces fined S$45,000, 29 work passes revoked for COVID-19 breaches: MOM

MOM officers conducting enforcement operations at Ubi on Apr 12, 2020. (Photo: Ministry of Manpower)

SINGAPORE: A total of 199 firms and workplaces have been fined S$45,000 for breaching measures put in place to reduce the risk of local transmission of COVID-19.

The work passes of 29 work pass holders have also been revoked for breaching stay-home notices or "circuit breaker" measures.

In an update on its enforcement efforts on Friday (May 8), the Ministry of Manpower said it had conducted more than 15,000 inspections at workplaces from Apr 7, when the circuit breaker began, to May 5.

READ: 3 establishments including Putien, Jollibee fined for breaching COVID-19 safe distancing measures

READ: MOM revokes work pass after holder breached COVID-19 circuit breaker measures

The "vast majority" of companies inspected were found to be compliant with safe distancing measures. However, 29 workplaces were found to be in breach of these measures, and fined SS$29,000.

The breaches include failure to ensure safe distancing and crowd management, conduct of temperature screening, and proper tracking of employees and visitors’ entry into the workplace.

Action was also taken against 170 non-essential firms which did not get approval to operate during the circuit breaker period. Of these, 16 firms were fined S$16,000, with the others issued with stern warnings.

BREACH OF STAY-HOME NOTICE REQUIREMENTS BY WORK PASS HOLDERS

Between Apr 13 and Apr 30, MOM conducted more than 75,000 video calls and inspections on foreign workers to ensure compliance with circuit breaker measures and stay-home notice requirements. 

READ: 89 work passes revoked over breach of entry approval, stay-home notice requirements: MOM

READ: 19 work pass holders, employers punished for flouting COVID-19 Leave of Absence requirements

A total of 29 work pass holders have had their passes revoked for various breaches, and have been permanently banned from working in Singapore.

Seventeen work pass holders were found eating, drinking and gathering in groups, and 12 were caught leaving their residence while on stay-home notices.

The work pass privileges of nine employers have also been suspended for failing to ensure that their employees comply with stay-home notice requirements.

"MOM will continue to conduct checks on businesses and workers to ensure compliance of circuit breaker measures and SHN requirements, so as to keep our workplaces safe," said the ministry.

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Source: CNA/ic(ac)

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