Covid-19: Foreign workers moving to Ngee Ann Poly staff apartments, old Nexus International School

Some 2,000 vacancies available combined.

Belmont Lay| May 08, 02:50 AM

Healthy foreign workers in essential services will be moved to two vacant state properties to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 during this outbreak period.

The workers will start living at the former Ngee Ann Polytechnic staff apartments at 90, 92 and 94 Kismis Avenue this week.

The former Nexus International School at 201 Ulu Pandan Road is also being refurbished and will be ready in early June.

The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) said on Thursday, May 7 that it has been working with other government agencies to find alternative housing options for migrant workers.

More than 2,000 vacancies combined

The sites have a capacity of up to 1,000 beds each.

On-site amenities and meals will be provided.

A majority of Singapore’s 20,939 cases are migrant workers living in dormitories.

Employers will provide transport to and from work for their employees, SLA said.

Suitable as temporary lodging

Member of Parliament for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC Christopher de Souza disclosed on Facebook that he had visited the former Nexus International School site to see how it will be refurbished for the workers.

He wrote that the workers will sleep in hexagon-shaped classrooms that are “bright and roomy” with “large streams of daylight coming in”.

Sheltered open spaces like the atriums will also provide more space.

He also pointed out that workers will be screened medically before moving in.

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