Advisory and Updates for COVID-19

Updated on 21/6/2021 

With the announcement on the calibrated COVID-19 re-opening and advisories by the authorities in light of the recent outbreaks and big clusters, SPD will continue to screen at the point of entry of all visitors including clients, caregivers, vendors, and volunteers who may be of higher risks of COVID-19 exposure.

1. NO ENTRY FOR GROUPS WITH HIGHER RISK OF EXPOSURE 

We will restrict entry for all visitors who:

  • are on Stay-Home-Notice (SHN), Quarantine Order (QO), phone surveillance (PUPS) or medical leave (MC) until the completion of their SHN, QO PUPS or MC;
  • have received notification from Ministry of Health (MOH) informing them that they are deemed a close contact of a COVID-19 case and asked to go for a COVID-19 swab test. Entry will be deferred until 14 days after the notification or if they have received a negative COVID-19 test result;
  • are part of an ongoing MOH community surveillance testing for visitors within the stipulated duration to identified venues until 14 days after the visit to identified venues, where applicable, unless they have received a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)9 test result after the visit;
  • have household members that are part of an ongoing MOH community surveillance testing for visitors within the stipulated duration to identified venues, or placed on QO, unless the household member has a negative COVID-19 PCR test result after the visit to identified venues or is no longer under quarantine, where applicable.

All visitors including those who have household members who are unwell with fever and/or flu-like symptoms such as cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath are also encouraged to stay home.

2. ENTRY INTO OUR EARLY INTERVENTION (EI) CENTRES 

From 21 June 2021, EI centres may allow parents of newly enrolled children into the centre premises, subject to the following safe management measures:

  • Only one parent may accompany the newly enrolled child and there should only be a total of one parent in a classroom on any given day;
  • Parent may accompany their child for only the first 2 sessions at the centre. To minimise the number of visitors who enter the centre premises, the same parent should accompany the child for both sessions. Centres may exercise some flexibility and allow more time for parents of children with higher needs who may need a longer period for adjustment;
  • Parents accompanying their children should limit interactions to only their child and their child’s teacher(s).  Parents of newly enrolled children should maintain a safe distance of at least 2 metres from other children and staff in the centre and avoid interactions with other children/staff/parents within the centre;
  • All other parents remain restricted from entering the centre premises.

3. OTHER VISITOR MANAGEMENT MEASURES

  • Safe Entry/Exit System: This has been installed at the SPD Ability Centre in Tiong Bahru and all our satellite centres. All staff and visitors including, clients, caregivers, volunteers, vendors, and/contractors must record their entry and exit to facilitate contact tracing procedures using the TraceTogether App on your phone or the Trace Together Token;
  • Temperature Taking: Temperature to be taken for all visitors at point of entry. Anyone who show signs of fever or respiratory symptoms such as cough or runny nose will be denied entry into our premises. Please take your temperature before coming to the centre;
  • Use of Masks: All visitors are required to wear masks when they come to our centres;
  • No Waiting at Centres: Caregivers can drop and pick up their loved ones before and after sessions. However, to minimise the risk of cross infection, caregivers are not allowed to wait within the centre’s premise.

We hope to have your cooperation to act responsibly and comply with the stipulated measures so that we can provide a safe environment for everyone and do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Under the Infectious Disease Act, anyone making a false declaration can be prosecuted.