- MPA Singapore has launched a new circular concerning operators of vessels in port.
- The Taskforce will make the wearing of masks mandatory for anyone leaving their home.
- Safe distancing measures for workplaces will continue.
- Only essential service providers are permitted to operate.
- First-time offenders will be issued a fine of $300.
According to an article published in Safety4sea, in light of the COVID-19 crisis, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) launched a new circular concerning operators of harbor craft and pleasure craft, and vessels in port.
Singapore’s Ministry of Health highlights that “The Taskforce will now make the wearing of masks mandatory for anyone leaving their home. Safe distancing measures for workplaces that continue to operate will also be enhanced.“
Safety measures put in place
Specifically, it is advised that every individual must wear a mask when not in his or her ordinary place of residence. However, they do not wear the mask when carrying out, in the course of employment, an activity that requires that no mask may be worn or that the mask must be removed to carry out that activity.
Moreover, only essential service providers are permitted to operate.
Rules for an essential service provider
There are also requirements on the occupier of permitted premises, i.e. premises where an essential service provider ordinarily carries on its business or work, such as taking body temperature and contact details of individuals entering the permitted premises.
For those not wearing a mask when going outside, it is noted that “first-time offenders will be issued composition offers of $300, and repeat offenders will face higher fines or prosecution in court for egregious cases.“
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