The government has blocked 7500 hotel rooms for quarantine purposes.With the occupancy at hotels plunging to unprecedented levels and many jobs at risk, the Singapore government may have found a novel way to help the hotel industry in Singapore.Last week, the World Travel and Tourism Council reported that layoffs in global tourism is mounting at a rate of one million a day, estimating that up to 50 million jobs in the sector are at immediate risk and that the industry may possibly lose as much as USD 2.1 trillion by the end of the year.Singapore reported its first case of COVID-19 on January 23. One of the reasons for the spike could be due to residents returning from other countries in March as countries around the world started to lockdown and close their borders.Singapore is a densely packed island city on about 720 square kilometers of land and a population of 5.7 million people. With the insidious nature of COVID-19 which can be asymptomatic or mild in many people, undetected infected returnees may have spread the pathogen in the densely populated island.From the middle of March, Singapore began tightening restrictions on returnees and by March 20, anyone entering Singapore from anywhere in the world was served a legally binding 14-day quarantine or stay-at-home (SHN) noticed. In order to prevent transmission of the virus to their family members at home, those returning from the US and UK are made to quarantine themselves in hotels fully paid by the government.In a Singapore government statement in March, it explained that the UK and US accounted for the largest share of imported cases in Singapore by far. Transportation will be arranged to send the returnees directly from the airport to the hotels.In so doing the Singapore government has not only found a solution to accommodate returning residents so that they do not infect others in the country but is also supporting the hospitality sector which is in a dire situation with next to zero occupancy and potentially safeguarding jobs in the industry.Reports say over 7,500 rooms have been booked for this purpose by the Singapore Tourism Board.Looking at accounts of people who are publicising their serving of stay at home notice at hotels on social media, it appears that the hotels that are being used include the Conrad Centennial, Swissotel The Stamford in Raffles City, Village Hotel Sentosa, Shangri-la Rasa Sentosa Resort and Village Hotel Albert Court.