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SAFE MANAGEMENT MEASURES FOR EXPANSION OF MICE EVENT PILOTS
IN SINGAPORE

SAFE MANAGEMENT MEASURES FOR EXPANSION OF MICE [1] EVENT PILOTS IN SINGAPORE

1.     Starting from 1 October 2020, STB will start accepting applications for Event Organisers and Event Venues (collectively “EOs”)[2] to pilot MICE events of up to 5 zones of 50 attendees (250 pax) with attendees to be divided into cohorts of 20.

2.     STB will not accept applications for work-related events which are targeted at internal audiences including employees, or which are predominantly social in nature.

 

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION FOR PILOTING OF MICE EVENTS

3.     Under the Safe Business Events (SBE) framework, EOs must implement Safe Management Measures (SMMs) which will meet the 5 outcomes required for the piloting of MICE events in a safe and controlled manner. The SMMs must span an attendee’s entire journey, before, during and after the event.

4.     To hold a MICE event, an EO must submit an application and event proposal for STB’s assessment. If STB is satisfied with the proposal, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (“MTI”) will give the EO approval to carry out the event.

5.     Each MICE event and its related marketing efforts may be carried out only after receiving approval from STB and MTI. EOs must submit their application and event proposal at least 1 month prior to each MICE event. STB and MTI will take up to 14 business days to assess each application. STB will start accepting applications from 1 October 2020.

6.     Please refer to Annex A which sets out the 5 outcomes to be achieved by EOs under the SBE framework. A checklist and illustration of SMMs are included under Annex B and Annex C respectively to assist EOs in planning the SMMs to meet these 5 outcomes.

 

ENFORCEMENT OF MEASURES

7.      STB will conduct enforcement checks to ensure compliance with SMMs. Enforcement action will be taken against EOs who hold MICE events without approval and/or who fail to comply with the necessary SMMs.

8.      Under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act passed in Parliament on 7 April 2020, first-time offenders will face a fine of up to S$10,000, imprisonment of up to six months, or both. Repeat offenders may face a fine of up to S$20,000, imprisonment of up to twelve months, or both. Further, other levers under the Act, such as ordering closure of the business premises and/or cessation of business activities, may be used against EOs that are found to be non-compliant.

9.      Businesses that do not comply may also be ineligible for government grants, loans, tax rebates and other assistance.

10.   For any enquiries, please contact secb@stb.gov.sg.

[1] MICE events: Exclude work-related events targeted at an internal audience (including employees), such as internal conferences and seminars, corporate retreats, Annual General Meetings (AGMs) and Extraordinary General Meetings (EGMs).

[2] Event Organisers refer to any person (including business entities) that provides, in the course of business, the organising of events (i.e. Event Organisers) or the provision of rooms or space at a function centre or the supply of facilities for the operation or conduct of events (e.g. Event Venues) (collectively “EOs”).

 

SINGAPORE TOURISM BOARD
Updated as of 10 September 2020

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1.     What constitutes a MICE event?

a.     For the purpose of the expansion of MICE pilot events announced on 7 September 2020, MICE events exclude work-related events targeted at internal audience including employees such as internal conferences and seminars, corporate retreats, Annual General Meetings (AGMs) and Extraordinary General Meetings (EGMs).

b.     STB will not be able to accept applications for work-related events targeted at internal audiences such as employees as well as other events which are predominantly social in nature.

 

2.     How can we start organising a MICE event?

a.     Event Organisers and Event Venues (collectively, EOs) must submit a joint application, including an event proposal to STB. STB and MTI will review each MICE event proposal, and the EOs may proceed only upon obtaining MTI’s approval.

b.     EOs must demonstrate the readiness and capabilities to implement the Safe Management Measures (SMMs) required to meet the five outcomes to pilot MICE events in a safe and controlled manner.

 

3.     How do I apply?

a.     The application form must be jointly completed by both the Event Organiser and Event Venue (collectively, EOs).

b.     Please use the eligibility checker to check if your event fall under the purview of STB MICE event pilots by going through the checklist before putting in an application. Industry Self Help Checklist can be found here.

c.     Please send the completed application form with all supporting documents to secb@stb.gov.sg at least 1 month before the event date. Please note that STB and MTI will take up to 14 business days to assess each application. As such, EOs are encouraged to put in their applications as early as possible to cater in time for planning, registration and marketing.

 

4.     Can I apply for my events (up to 250 pax) which is scheduled for later part of the year (Dec 2020 onwards) to resume? I would need to start event planning, production and marketing.

a.     Yes. Event Organisers and Event Venues (collectively, EOs) must submit their application and event proposal at least 1 month prior to the commencement of each MICE event. STB and MTI will take up to 14 business days to assess each application. As such, EOs are encouraged to put in their applications as early as possible to cater in time for planning, registration and marketing.

b.     Please note that STB will start accepting applications from 1 October 2020.

 

5.     What is the role of the Event Organiser and Event Venue? Who would be penalized in the event of a contravention?

a.     Both the Event Organiser and Event Venue are jointly responsible for the events taking place under their purview. In the event of any contravention, Enforcement Officers will investigate the facts and circumstances leading to the contravention to determine which party is liable, or if both parties are liable.

 

6.     Can media content productions, filming, livestream, broadcast events take place in event venues? Does my venue need to seek approval from Government to accept this booking?

a.     For companies involved in the production of programmes for broadcast and other digital media, such as TV commercials, short narratives, documentaries, feature films, requiring large crew: no more than 50 personnel on location, including no more than 20 onscreen talent/performers unmasked, at any given time.  These companies are to register with IMDA. No live singing is allowed at this production size.

b.     For companies involved in all other productions: no more than 30 personnel on location, including no more than 10 onscreen talent/performers unmasked at any given time.

c.     For “live” singing as part of the production, all productions must adhere to no more than 30 personnel on location, including no more than 5 onscreen talent/performers singing unmasked at any given time, and must observe a 2-metre safe distancing from the next person.

d.     Unmasking dispensations are to be kept strictly to the fixed cast of onscreen talent/performers (not interchangeable with other non-onscreen performing roles) for the entire production.

Please refer to IMDA guidelines on the requirements: https://www.imda.gov.sg/for-industry/sectors/Media/Film/Filming-in-Singapore.