Covid-19 Updates - Business advisory on work and leave arrangements for employees who test positive for COVID-19

Dear ICCS Members,

We are sharing below the latest updates from the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on work and leave arrangements for employees who test positive for Covid-19 but are mildly symptomatic or physically well


  1. Employees who test ART-positive but are mildly symptomatic (such as sore throat, cough, mild fever) or physically well do not need to visit the doctor or EDs to obtain an MC (except for those in high risk groups, e.g. above 70 years old, immunocompromised). Employees should generally self-isolate for 72 hours, self-monitor and recover at home. If the employees’ symptoms worsen or do not improve, they should see a doctor. Employees who want their infection recorded with MOH may book an appointment at a Quick Test Centre (QTC) or a Combined Test Centre (CTC) for a supervised ART.
  2. Employees should only return to the workplace if they test negative after 72 hours or after 12pm on Day 7 if vaccinated (Day 14 if not fully vaccinated), whichever is earlier. Employers should treat any period of absence from work by ART-positive employees as paid sick leave without requiring an MC or a recovery memo. Please refer to the attached updated tripartite advisory for more details, and see MOH’s website for more health protocol information.
  3. Employers should also encourage employees to receive their vaccinations at the recommended schedule for optimal protection. To maintain their fully vaccinated status, employees will need to take a booster dose no later than 270 days from the last dose in their primary vaccination series.


For more info about business advisory please, kindly refer to the downloadable PDF file here.


Thank you for your support in Singapore’s safe reopening and transition towards living with COVID-19. 


Best regards,

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore