With the announcement of DORSCON Orange comes additional precautionary measures implemented to tackle the novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak.
And this includes temperature checks conducted at office buildings.
Temperature checks at Suntec City
Notices had been placed outside office buildings like Suntec City, announcing the commencement of temperature checks from Feb. 10 onwards.
The checks started as early as 8am and access to the buildings was restricted to the main entrance.
Which no doubt resulted in long, snaking queues forming.
Photos submitted by Mothership readers at Suntec City Tower 3 showed queues extending across the mall and past closed shops.
And all the way across the atrium.
Raffles Place too
The same scenario occurred at Raffles Place, as seen from a series of photos posted to Twitter.
Wthhh there’s a queue to get temperature check to get into my office building pic.twitter.com/tYAQR1BDuT— Jessica (@WonderBoyLoki) February 10, 2020
Long lines snaked from inside buildings to the pathways outside Raffles Place MRT.
Numerous office workers were spotted donning masks.
Several Mothership readers informed us that the checks required them to queue for around 10 to 15 minutes only, before they could enter their offices.
However, The Straits Times reported that some office workers had stood in line for 40 minutes.
One person in Singapore also took to Twitter to share the number of temperature checks he/she had to go through before starting work.
It's only before 11AM and I've gone through 3 temperature checks already— nerissa (@kenryoku) February 10, 2020
Everyone at the office has to wear a the indicating your last known temp ✊🏻 pic.twitter.com/N4dsDKI7BS
Part of additional measures
According to the advisory by Suntec City, those with a temperature of more than 38°C would be denied entry into the building.
Visitors also required to sign a Health Declaration form.
Increased measures at these buildings include stepping up cleaning works at common areas, and disinfecting high touch areas like door knobs and lift buttons more frequently.
This is part of the government's plan to reduce the spread of the virus in the community.
Aside from temperature checks and improve sanitary cleaning, the government also advises event organisers to cancel large-scale events where risk of transmission is higher.
There are currently 43 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Singapore, with a first case involving a Bangladesh national announced on Feb. 9.
Top photo by Rui Hui and @WonderBoyLoki / Twitter