Fun fact: nearing the very start of COVID-19, way back in March, PM Lee encouraged us to go for local attractions.
Which didn’t work out later as the Circuit Breaker started on 7 April 2020 and the attractions closed temporarily.
But guess what? Some of Singapore’s attractions are starting to reopen and now’s the best time to visit them.
13 Local Attractions To Be Reopened From 1 July 2020
This is the list of attractions approved to be reopened, opening at various dates:
- The Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay (Opens 11 July 11. Friends of the Gardens members can visit from 1 July. Tickets for sale through website and app on 7 July.)
- Jurong Bird Park (Open to the general public on 6 July, open to members from 3 July)
- River Safari (Open to the general public on 6 July, open to members from 3 July)
- Singapore Zoo (Open to the general public on 6 July, open to members from 3 July)
- ArtScience Museum (Open to Sands Rewards members on 1 July, mall and some restaurants already open)
- Marina Bay Sands (MBS) casino (Open to Sands Rewards Club members holding Gold status or higher as well as annual levy holders from 1 July)
- MBS SkyPark and observation deck (Open to Sands Rewards members on 1 July, mall and some restaurants already open)
- Universal Studios Singapore (Reopens 1 July)
- SEA Aquarium (reopens 4 July)
- Casino at Resorts World Sentosa (Open to Genting Rewards members on 1 July)
- Madame Tussauds wax museum on Sentosa
- Trampoline park Bounce
- Virtual reality arcade Zero Latency
Advanced bookings are required for most of these attractions.
As for the other stuff reopening soon:
- Night Safari to reopen later as the operator wants to reopen daytime operations first
- Gardens by the Bay ticket attractions Cloud Forest, OCBC Skyway, Supertree Observatory and Floral Fantasy will reopen in phases later
- MBS hotel, Sands Expo and Convention Centre, theatre and Marquee nightclub will resume later in line with government guidelines
But why is now the best time to visit them?
Most Will Be Restricted To A Maximum 25% Capacity
If you ever thought: I wish I could visit these lovely places, but there are too many people. On the other hand, I also don’t want it to be completely empty because otherwise, it will be lonely.
Then this is the exact scenario you are looking for.
Casinos will be limited to existing members and annual levy holders only.
If there is another attraction you are looking for that’s not on the list, you can rest assured as there’s a chance they might reopen soon.
Attraction Operators Can Submit Reopening Proposals
As part of resuming activities in Phase Two, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is assessing proposals from attractions and domestic tour operators.
They can submit applications to [email protected], and those who receive approval from the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) can resume operations.
Proposals would require:
- Safe management measures to reduce COVID-19 transmission risk for each attraction or tour
- Submission of itineraries and schedules
- Demonstration that safe management measures can be successfully implemented
Other than that, STB also said that there will be more efforts to ensure more tourism businesses apply for SG Clean certification, which is a certification for higher standard of cleaning, hygiene and sanitisation.
Need A Holiday? Go Local
No tourists, less people in the background, and cleaner attractions?
This is the first year that I’m prevented from going to Japan because of COVID-19. Previous years, I was prevented from going because I had no money.
Take my money… if I had it.
I guess I’ll be part of the 75% who can’t get in the local attractions then.
But those with a little fatter pockets than this writer might want to consider changing their holiday plans to local.
And if you need more convincing, here’s what Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Chee Hong Tat said in a Facebook post:
“The tourism sector will take a long time to recover, as we do not expect international travel to return to its previous levels before a vaccine is developed.”
“Many Singaporeans have missed our well-loved attractions such as Gardens by the Bay and the Zoo. Families are looking forward to spending time together at these attractions again. I encourage you to do so to support our operators, but please also remember to observe safe distancing measures to protect yourself and the community.”
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