Singapore begins gradual reopening of attractions

Some 13 attractions in Singapore will be allowed to progressively resume operations from July 1, as the city-state enters the second phase of post-Circuit Breaker lockdown.

They include some of the destination’s iconic tourist draws like the Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park, Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, ArtScience Museum, Universal Studios Singapore, and the two casinos at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) and Marina Bay Sands.

Universal Studios Singapore is among 13 local attractions that have been approved for reopening from July 1

Other attractions and domestic tour operators are welcome to apply with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) for reopening permits by way of proposals that demonstrate effective implementation of safe management measures with customers and workers in mind. These measures must be tailored to reduce Covid-19 transmission risks. Operations may only resume after approvals are granted by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI).

The 13 attractions to lead the resumption of attractions operations have been cleared for reopening by both MTI and STB.

As a further precautionary measure, most attractions will be restricted to no more than 25 per cent of their operating capacity at any one time, for a start. Access to casinos will be limited to existing casino members and annual levy holders.

Concurrently, STB will step up its efforts to ensure that more tourism businesses, including attractions, apply for the SG Clean national certification of excellence in sanitation and hygiene.

Detailing its safety and hygiene measures, RWS said in a statement that its operations are guided by three principals: Safe Entry, which is upheld by effective systems for guest screening and contact tracing; Safe Experience, which is upheld by a promise to ensure peace of mind for all visitors; and Safe Environment, which is upheld by the highest level of hygiene and sanitisation.

It will reopen its Universal Studios Singapore theme park and S.E.A Aquarium four days a week, with staggered operating hours in the initial phase. All guests will need to make online advanced reservation with specified date of visit.

Shows and street entertainment at Universal Studios Singapore will not be available during the initial phase of reopening.

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