Siloso Beach Resort to house healthy migrant workers moved out of dormitories: SLA
SINGAPORE — Siloso Beach Resort on Sentosa has been designated to house migrant workers as part of the Government’s efforts to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, said a spokesperson for the Singapore Land Authority (SLA).
SINGAPORE — Siloso Beach Resort on Sentosa island has been designated to house migrant workers as part of the Government’s efforts to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, said a spokesperson for the Singapore Land Authority (SLA).
In response to TODAY’s queries, the spokesperson said on Thursday (April 30) that medical testing was conducted to ensure that workers did not have symptoms of the disease before moving into the resort.
“All necessary measures are put in place, with on-site amenities and meals provided for the well-being of the occupants,” said the spokesperson.
The housing of foreign workers at Siloso Beach Resort is part of continuing efforts to move healthy migrant workers out of dormitories.
There are 196 rooms at Siloso Beach Resort. TODAY has reached out to the resort and the Manpower Ministry to find out if all or only some of the rooms will be used.
TODAY also asked the ministry how many foreign workers would be or are already being housed there, which industries they are in, and how long they would be staying at the resort.
The living conditions of migrant worker dormitories have been in the spotlight as Singapore battles Covid-19. Migrant workers living in dormitories form the majority of confirmed cases in the city-state.
Manpower Minister Josephine Teo said earlier that about 10,000 workers who are not sick, including those working in essential services, have been moved out of the dormitories.
They are housed in various locations, such as the camp sites of the Singapore Armed Forces, the facilities of the Home Team comprising the Singapore Police Force and the Singapore Civil Defence Force, floating hotels, vacant public housing blocks and converted sports halls.
For example, some workers are being housed in vacant public housing flats at Redhill Close, which had been earmarked for redevelopment.
The 878 units in the estate had been empty for more than a year after being vacated by the previous owners.
On Tuesday, SLA also announced that the former Anderson Junior College hostel had been converted to serve as alternative accommodation for foreign workers.
The Ministry of Health has assessed the site to be suitable to house migrant workers who have tested negative for Covid-19 but may have other illnesses.
They will stay there while they recover before returning to the dormitories or being moved to another holding area for workers who are well.
The site has a capacity of around 350 beds and started receiving foreign workers last week, SLA had said.