Infectious Diseases (COVID-19—Stay Orders) Regulations 2020

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Infectious Diseases (COVID-19—Stay Orders) Regulations 2020  (2020) 
Minister for Health, Singapore

First published in the Government Gazette, Electronic Edition, on 25 March 2020 at 7.15 pm.

No. S 182




1. Citation
2. Definitions
3. Stay orders

In exercise of the powers conferred by section 73 of the Infectious Diseases Act, the Minister for Health makes the following Regulations:


1. These Regulations are the Infectious Diseases (COVID-19—Stay Orders) Regulations 2020.


2. In these Regulations—

"at-risk individual" means an individual who—

(a) enters Singapore (by land, sea or air) from a country or territory outside Singapore during the control period;
(b) before or during the control period, comes into contact or has come into contact with any other individual who is, or is suspected to be, infected with COVID-19;

(c) has, before or during the control period, undergone a test to determine whether he or she is infected with COVID-19 and the test result is pending or uncertain; or
(d) at any time during the control period appears to the specified person to be or have been exposed to the risk of becoming infected with or a carrier of COVID-19;

"control period" means the period between 26 March 2020 and 30 April 2020 (both dates inclusive);

"COVID-19" means the infectious disease known as Coronavirus Disease 2019;

"place of accommodation", for an individual, means—

(a) the individual’s residence in Singapore; or
(b) any other place of accommodation of the individual in Singapore;

"specified person" means the Director or any police officer, immigration officer or Health Officer.

Stay orders

3.—(1) A specified person may, for the purpose of preventing the spread of COVID-19, order any at-risk individual to go to a place of accommodation specified in the order and not leave the place of accommodation for a period (not exceeding 14 days) specified in the order.

(2) Any individual who is issued a medical certificate by a medical practitioner with a valid practising certificate, certifying that the individual has acute respiratory symptoms must not leave the individual’s place of accommodation for a period of 5 days starting on the day the medical certificate is issued.

(3) Subject to paragraph (4), an individual who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with an order under paragraph (1) or contravenes paragraph (2) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.

(4) To avoid doubt, it is a reasonable excuse if the individual leaves the place of accommodation only to seek medical attention.

Made on 25 March 2020.

Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Health,

This work is Singaporean legislation (Act of Parliament or subsidiary legislation), which is copyrighted in Singapore for 70 years after publication pursuant to Section 197(3)(b) of the Copyright Act (Cap. 63, 2006 Rev. Ed.) of Singapore. However, as an edict of a government, it is in the public domain in the U.S.