Stay-Home Notices: What You Need To Know

Stay safe and healthy this spring break. Here's everything you need to know about Singapore's new travel restrictions, including what Stay at Home notices actually means in practice...
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As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, the message from the Singapore government is loud and clear: avoid any non-essential travel. As Singapore extended its travel restrictions this week, the government is using Stay-Home Notices to help contain the spread of the virus.

What is a Stay-Home Notice (SHN)?

A Stay-Home Notice (SHN) requires Singapore residents, long-term pass holders (Student’s Pass, Dependant’s Pass, Long-Term Visit Pass) and foreign employees issued with a work pass to remain in their place of residence at all times for a 14-day period.

Who will be issued a Stay-Home Notice (SHN)?

Anyone listed above who has visited the following countries:

  • ASEAN countries including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia (from March 16, 11.59 pm)
  • Japan, Switzerland, UK (from March 16, 11.59 pm)
  • Mainland China (outside of Hubei province)
  • Daegu city (Republic of Korea) or Cheongdo county (Republic of Korea)
  • Iran, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, South Korea

Do I need to tell my child's school about my travel history?

Yes, if you and your child have travelled to any of the affected areas listed above you must inform the school. They can then provide the necessary assistance to facilitate your SHN.

At the end of the SHN does my child need a doctor's note before they can return to school?

No, if they do not have any symptoms, they will not need to see a doctor; they simply must complete the 14 days of self-quarantine before returning to school.

How do I comply with a Stay-Home Notice (SHN)?

You must remain at home at all times during the 14-day period, not leaving even to buy food and essentials. You should minimise contact with others, avoid having visitors to your residence, and maintain a record of people you come into close contact with during this period.

The Ministry of Health requires you to monitor your health by doing twice daily temperature checks, and contacting a doctor if you have coughing and other symptoms.

How do the authorities enforce a Stay-Home Notice (SHN)?

You will receive text messages throughout the day, and you may get random phone calls or a house visit from the authorities. You will be asked to confirm that you are staying in your residence by giving a GPS update on your mobile phone; you may be asked to take photos of your surroundings to verify your location.

What happens if I breach a Stay-Home Notice (SHN)?

There are severe penalties for breaching a SHN. You may be prosecuted, have your work pass, Long-Term Visit Pass, Dependant’s Pass, or Student’s Pass revoked, or your child may be suspended or excluded from their school.

What happens if I am living with someone with a Stay-Home Notice (SHN)?

Although you can still live in the same room with anyone issued a SHN, you should reduce interaction and minimise contact with them. 

Read more: Spring Break: Can Students Travel?

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