Singapore’s key tourist attractions are implementing social distancing amid the Covid-19 pandemic, in response to a series of ramped-up measures announced by the government last week to prevent further spread of the virus.
The Ministry of Health now requires workplaces and public venues, such as entertainment venues, tourist attractions, dining outlets and sports centres, to limit large crowds gathering in close proximity over a prolonged duration in order to reduce the risk of local transmission.
A Gardens by the Bay (GBTB) spokesperson said the attraction will “limit the number of visitors entering our indoor attractions to ensure sufficient social distancing between visitors”.
She elaborated that at the ongoing Sakura Matsuri floral display in the Flower Dome enclosure, the number of visitors will be reduced to about half its optimum capacity at any one time.
Other measures include time-stamping of tickets, especially over the weekend; and a demarcation of 1m between visitors at the ticketing counters and the entrance to Flower Dome.
“We will also be putting up notices at Flower Dome explaining the situation and seeking the public’s understanding that they may have to wait to enter because of this precautionary measure,” she said.
Capacity at GBTB’s other attractions such as Cloud Forest and Floral Fantasy will be halved as well.
Over at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) integrated resort, face-to-face meetings among employees has been reduced by 80 per cent, through measures such as social distancing at staff cafeterias and spilt-team working arrangements, according to its spokesperson.
At one of RWS’ attractions, Universal Studios Singapore, visitors are encouraged to maintain a “safe and comfortable distance” from each other in queue lines when waiting for their turn to take rides, and when seated during live performance shows.
Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), similarly, is leaving no stone unturned in order to guard against the deadly virus.
A WRS spokesperson said: “We are taking various measures over the next week to improve spacing and comfort in our dining and congregational areas, and we will implement digital contact tracing for our guests to provide their details.”