COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

The recent changes to the Safe Management Measures relating to the Sports and Fitness industry during the period of 16 May 2021 – 13 June 2021 has caused much disruption to the ways sports and fitness professionals run and manage their business. To keep you up to date on the latest changes, we have compiled the following information for all of you which can be found in the various tabs below:

The Sport Singapore (SportSG) has recently opened up new public facilities for all fitness professionals to continue running fitness classes at allocated spaces within ActiveSG facilities (within stadium galleries, and indoor sports halls), in compliance with the prevailing Safe Management Measures.  Find out more here!

We have also compiled all relevant information relating to the latest Safe Management Measures, and Support measures for the Sports and Fitness Industry in one convenient location for you. Kindly refer to the following segments for more information:


Latest Safe Management Measures

  • Click here for the latest set of information pertaining to the prevailing Safe Management Measures issued by the Sport Singapore.

Business Support

Following the Multi-Ministry Taskforce’s announcement of the stricter safe management measures from 8 to 30 May,  the Sport Singapore has set aside support of up to S$18 million under the SRP for eligible businesses and Self-Employed Persons (SEPs) impacted by the latest guidelines. Find out more here.

  • For Sports Businesses on Operating Grant for Gyms and Fitness Studios, click here to find out more.
  • For SEP (Self Employed Persons) or Freelancers, click here to find out more about the Continuing Coaching Education (CCE) Training Allowance for Fitness Instructors.

The Government will provide enhanced Jobs Support Scheme (JSS)  support for the following sectors during the period of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) from 16 May to 13 June 2021:

  • 50% for sectors where the tightened measures require them to suspend many, if not all of their operations. These include Food and Beverage (F&B), Sports and Performing Arts & Arts Education. Click here for more information.

The Ministry of Finance has also announced various other measures to help defray the cost for Singaporeans and businesses.  We have extracted the information relevant to the Sports and Fitness Industry for your convenient reference – click here to refer to the full article. In summary, the following measures will be implemented:

  • To support businesses with rental costs, the Government will provide rental relief to SMEs, and eligible NPOs with an annual revenue not exceeding $100 million [2], who are tenant-occupiers of qualifying commercial properties (see Annex B for eligible properties) [3]
  • For Government-owned commercial properties – the Government will grant one month of rental relief for qualifying tenants. This is aligned to the rental waiver for hawker stalls and coffee shops provided during this P2(HA) period. Tenants will be required to pass down the rental relief received to qualifying sub-tenants, if any.
  • For Privately-owned commercial properties – some landlords have given rental waivers or rebates to support their tenants during this P2(HA) period. To provide additional support, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) will disburse a 0.5-month rental relief cash payout directly to qualifying tenants as part of a new Rental Support Scheme (see Annex C for scheme details). The payout will be disbursed starting from mid-August 2021 and computed based on the latest contractual gross rent within the period 14 May 2021 to 29 May 2021 [4].
  • Separately, property owners who run an SME business or an eligible NPO on their own qualifying commercial property will also be eligible for the cash payout, computed based on the Annual Value of the property (or part of) for Year 2021 as at 14 May 2021. 
  • Most qualifying tenants and owner-occupiers will receive the cash payout automatically without needing to submit an application. The cash payout will not be disbursed automatically to tenants who only rent part of a property, or to tenants who rent a mixed-use property (e.g. a shophouse for both retail and residential use), and/or to licensees. Such businesses should submit an application to IRAS, and provide supporting documents. IRAS will provide more details of the Rental Support Scheme and application process on its website by mid-June 2021.
  • COVID-19 Recovery Grant (Temporary) (CRG-T) – The livelihoods of some workers have also been affected, such as those in F&B, hawkers, retail, arts as well as sports and fitness sectors. The Government will introduce the CRG-T scheme to provide one-off support for lower- to middle-income employees and self-employed persons who are financially impacted as a result of the tightened measures.

Training and Development Support

  • Continuing Coaching Education (CCE) Training Allowance for Fitness Instructors – click here to find out more.
  • Continuing Coaching Education (CCE) Training Allowance for Sports Coaches – click here to find out more.

Click here for the list of ISA courses that are eligible for the CCE Training Allowance Grant!

  • SkillsFuture and UTAP Grants

Click here to check out the list of courses from the The ISA Group that are eligible for Skills Future and UTAP Grants to upskill your knowledge in the sports and fitness field!

Over at The ISA Group, we have been working hard to ensure that all our courses and certifications remain relevant to the market.  Most of our courses have also been endorsed by NICA (National Instructors & Coaches Association) and approved by CoachSG for the Continuing Coaching Education (CCE) Training Allowance Grants and/or Continuing Coaching Education Hours.

Please see the table below for the list of such courses:

Name of CourseHow to Register?Eligible for UTAP Funding?Eligible for SkillsFuture Funding?Eligible for Continuing Education Credits?
American Swimming Coaches Association Level 1 & 2 Certification CourseClick here to registerYesYes10 CoachSG CCE Hours for NROC Coaches
American Swimming Coaches Association Level 3 Certification CourseClick here to registerYesYes10 CoachSG CCE Hours for NROC Coaches
American Swimming Coaches Association Dryland Training for All Ages and How to Write Goal-Based Workouts CourseClick here to registerYesYes10 CoachSG CCE Hours for NROC Coaches
ISA Certificate in Basic Sports MassageClick here to registerYesYes10 CoachSG CCE Hours for NROC Coaches
ISA Certificate in Exercise Prescription for Special Populations (Metabolic and Cardiovascular Disease)Click here to registerYesYes5 CoachSG CCE Hours for NROC Coaches & 0.6 ACE CECs for ACE Certified Personal Trainers
ISA Certificate in Exercise Prescription for Special Populations (Youth, Elderly & Pregnant Individuals)Click here to registerYesYes5 CoachSG CCE Hours for NROC Coaches & 0.6 ACE CECs for ACE Certified Personal Trainers
ISA Certificate in Introduction to Fitness NutritionClick here to registerYesYes10 CoachSG CCE Hours for NROC Coaches & 1.4 ACE CECs for ACE Certified Personal Trainers
ISA Certified Personal Trainer Course (leading to ACE Certification) Guided Live EditionClick here to register
YesYes10 CoachSG CCE Hours for NROC Coaches
ISA Certified Personal Trainer Course (leading to ACE Certification) Independent Online EditionClick here to registerYesYes10 CoachSG CCE Hours for NROC Coaches
ISA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (leading to NSCA Certification)Click here to registerYesYes10 CoachSG CCE Hours for NROC Coaches
ISA Communication for Fitness ProfessionalsClick here to registerYesYes5 CoachSG CCE Hours for NROC Coaches & 0.7 ACE CECs for ACE Certified Personal Trainers
ISA Introduction to Kettlebell CourseClick here to registerYesNo5 CoachSG CCE Hours for NROC Coaches & 0.7 ACE CECs for ACE Certified Personal Trainers
ISA Sports Rehabilitation Course Level 1Click here to registerYesYes10 CoachSG CCE Hours for NROC Coaches, 1.4 ACE CECs for ACE Certified Personal Trainers, 1.9 CEUs for NASM Certified Personnels, 32 CPR Hours for Prime Physio Clinics Certified Personnels & 32 CECs for IWI Certified Personnels
ISA Sports Rehabilitation Course Level 2Click here to registerYesNo2.8 ACE CECs for ACE Certified Personal Trainers
ISA-SLI Sports Coaching for Kids Certification CourseClick here to registerYesNo10 CoachSG CCE Hours for NROC Coaches
ISA Strength and Conditioning WorkshopClick here to registerYesNo10 CoachSG CCE Hours for NROC Coaches & 3.5 ACE CECs for ACE Certified Personal Trainers
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