The Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) updated on 26 December 2021 that Workforce Vaccination Measures will be implemented from January 2022. From 1 to 14 January 2022, only employees who are fully vaccinated*, certified to be medically ineligible, or have recovered from COVID-19 within 180 days can return to the workplace. Unvaccinated employees will be allowed if they have a negative ART administered via a Pre-Event Testing (PET) result valid for the duration. From 15 January 2022, only employees who are fully vaccinated, certified to be medically ineligible, or have recovered from COVID-19 within 180 days can return to the workplace. A grace period until 31 January 2022 will be granted for partially vaccinated workers. The Workforce Vaccination Measures apply to both employees and self-employed persons. For more information, please visit the Ministry of Manpower's (MOM) website here.
Media business entities with SSIC codes starting with 58 to 63 will continue their business activities.
All business entities carrying out media content production activities must comply with the Mandatory Safety Rules for the Resumption of Content Production.
Please check this page regularly for updates to the Mandatory Safety Rules (“MSR”) and accompanying Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) documents.
For business entities involved in content production, please take note of the following rules from 15 January 2022 onwards (refer to MSR v5.5 (1.16MB) and accompanying FAQs dated 15 January 2022 (301.35KB) [updated from 10 August 2021 version]):
(a) All personnel (talent/performers, crew, staff) involved in media content productions as a business activity must comply with the Workforce Vaccination Measures. They may proceed, at any given time, with the following manpower limits:
- No more than 50 personnel on location, of which
- No more than 20 onscreen talent/performers may be unmasked if necessary; performers who are singing "live" must have a safe distancing of 2 metres from the next person, at any given time
(b) While child actors aged 12 and below are exempted from the Workforce Vaccination Measures, media productions should take note to minimise the involvement of the vulnerable and their interaction with the rest of the personnel.
(c) Unmasking dispensations are to be kept strictly to the fixed cast of onscreen talent/performers (not interchangeable with other non-onscreen performing roles) for the entire production.
(d) No on-site audiences should be present on location; all personnel should comprise only talent/performers (i.e. cast) and crew.
(e) There should be no more than 5 distinct visitors per occupied household** per day, which will affect filming (refer to MOH's latest press release that strongly advises for visitors to be vaccinated, and for testing prior to entering households that have unvaccinated persons or vulnerable elderly).
*An individual is considered vaccinated if he/she has received the full regimen of a COVID-19 vaccine under the National Vaccination Programme (i.e. 2 doses for Pfizer-Comirnaty/Moderna or 3 doses for Sinovac-CoronaVac) or the full regimen of a WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL) vaccine, or recovered from COVID-19 and has received 1 dose of a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (i.e. Pfizer-Comirnaty/Moderna) or 2 doses of Sinovac-CoronaVac/Sinopharm or 1 dose of other WHO-EUL vaccine after recovery.
**Occupied households refer to a home and its occupants as a place of residence. The occupant being away for the duration of a production does not change the definition of an occupied household/residence. Examples of non-occupied households which could be used as production space under the default production limits include showrooms and vacated homes for sale.
The media industry is strongly encouraged to conduct more frequent Fast & Easy Testing via Antigen Rapid Testing (ART) on a weekly basis, to protect all personnel, especially onscreen talents (fully vaccinated or otherwise), who will be unmasked and required to film close contact scenes.
To support early detection of COVID-19 infections with the impending Omicron wave, MTF announced a second round of time-limited distribution of ART kits to workplaces. Companies may submit an application via the form here, by 31 January 2022. Click here for more details.
Click here for the full advisory from IMDA.
Click here (994.43KB) for a printable infographic that can be used for your production.
Click here to see other FAQs for guidelines pertaining to other sectors (e.g. events and weddings).
For a list of practical recommendations for media business entities and professionals to follow, please refer to the Comprehensive Safety Measures available at either of the following:
For associated sectors engaged in audio/visual production such as photography, please refer to the Safety Protocol Guidelines published by the Professional Photographers Association (Singapore).
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