DestinationsThirteen attractions were permitted to reopen in July, while tour operators can now submit their applications to resume operations

Green light given for Singapore's attractions and tours to start reopening in July

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Madame Tussauds among the first crop of Singapore attractions that have received approval to resume operations
Madame Tussauds among the first crop of Singapore attractions that have received approval to resume operations

Tourism businesses in Singapore will be permitted to resume operations in stages from 1 July, beginning with 13 attractions, while the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) will also allow domestic tour operators to begin submitting their applications to resume operations.

While it will be some time before Singapore can fully welcome international visitors, we hope Singaporeans and residents of Singapore will enjoy what our tourism businesses have to offer, in a socially responsible way,– Mr Keith Tan, chief executive, Singapore Tourism Board

The following attractions, including selected components in the two Integrated Resorts (IRs), will be allowed to reopen from 1 July 2020:

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Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay (opening to Friends of the Gardens members on 1 July and the public from 11 July)
Jurong Bird Park
Madame Tussauds
River Safari
Singapore Zoo
Zero Latency
ArtScience Museum, Sands SkyPark and Observation Deck and Casino at Marina Bay Sands
Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium and Casino at Resorts World Sentosa

As a further precautionary measure, most attractions will be restricted to no more than 25% of their operating capacity at any one time, whereas access to the casinos will be limited to existing casino members and annual levy holders only.

Before approval is given for an attraction to reopen, attractions and operators are required to submit their reopening proposals to the STB (STB_Attractions@stb.gov.sg) for assessment. These proposals must include safe management measures that are tailored to reduce the COVID-19 transmission risks of each attraction or tour, and adhere to the requirements, laid out in the Advisory for Attractions.

Operators must demonstrate effective implementation of safe management measures to provide a safe environment for customers and workers, and may resume operations only after receiving approval from the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI).

Likewise, tour operators and tourist guides can submit applications to STB_TID@stb.gov.sg, and may only resume carrying out tour activities after receiving approval from MTI. They will be required to submit their tour itineraries and schedules to STB in advance, and demonstrate that they can implement all relevant safe management measures.

Concurrently, STB will step up its efforts to ensure that more tourism businesses, including attractions, apply for the SG Clean certification, which indicates adherence to heightened standards of cleaning, hygiene and sanitisation, and will provide reassurance to all who visit these premises.

Mr Keith Tan, chief executive, Singapore Tourism Board, said: “With tourism reopening in a safe and gradual manner, STB’s key priority will be to ensure that tourism businesses can provide a safe and enjoyable experience for their guests and visitors.

"While it will be some time before Singapore can fully welcome international visitors, we hope Singaporeans and residents of Singapore will enjoy what our tourism businesses have to offer, in a socially responsible way," he added.

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