The Singapore Expo Convention Hall and Exhibition Centre is currently being turned into a facility to care for recovering Covid-19 patients who are on the road to recovery, Singapore’s health minister Gan Kim Yong has confirmed.

According to TODAY, Gan was responding to a question related to the matter during a press conference held by the Covid-19 multi-ministry task force on April 5.

Once completed, it will join D’Resort NTUC in Pasir Ris as the second such “community care” facility. Patients who have mild symptoms may be sent to the community care facilities to be monitored, and will only be sent to hospitals if necessary.

Although Gan did not give a timeline of when the community care facility at Singapore Expo will be ready, or how many patients it will be able to house, he said the authorities are “preparing it for this purpose”.

A spokesperson from the Singapore Expo told TODAY that this is “the first time in its history that the venue is being repurposed”.

Alvin Lim, the executive director of brand and customer experience at venue operator SingEx Holdings, said to prepare for this, the Singapore Expo and the Max Atria convention wing will be closed to the public from Tuesday.

Lim added that the Expo will also be implementing “strict entry and work infection control measures and precautions”.