Staycations in Singapore May Be Available Sooner than you Expect

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Residents of Singapore feeling the cabin fever may soon be able to go for staycations here. As the tourism industry continues to re-open safely in stages, hotels can now apply to the Singapore Tourism Board to resume staycations and re-open areas for children such as the Kids’ Club.

They have to comply with strict Safe Management Measures drawn up by the Singapore Tourism Board, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Enterprise Singapore and Ministry of Health. They can operate only after receiving approval from the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Hotels will need to reduce potential transmission risks and support contact tracing efforts. They will also need to achieve all the following key outcomes:

Outcomes
1.    Ability to meet density requirements

– Limit occupancy to no more than 1 person per 10sqm guest-accessible public space per person (excluding hotel staff) at any point in time

– Implement more stringent safe management measures at areas where guests and staff spend more time, as opposed to areas which see more transient traffic
2.    Reduce face-to-face mingling among guests, between employees and between staff and guests

– Stagger timings for guests to be at the hotel lobby and guest facilities, and employees at the back-of-house work environment
3.    Ability to disperse crowds and prevent bunching
4.    Mandatory implementation of SafeEntry and encourage use of Trace Together
5.    Implement rigorous cleaning and disinfecting regimes, particularly for high touch elements

The requirements laid out in the Application for Hotel Staycations and Reopening of Recreation Areas for Children by Singapore Tourism Board are very comprehensive and help to safeguard the safety of all individuals working or staying in the hotel.

It will take around two weeks for the application to be reviewed. Check out the updated list of SG Clean certified hotels here.

We have also compiled a list of staycation offers for SG Clean certified hotels.

Staycationing in a Hotel that also Houses Movement Control Measure Guests

It also looks like hotels that are also government-contracted facilities for COVID-19 purposes such as Stay-Home Notice dedicated facilities may also be able to house staycation guests. These hotels have to display notices to inform visitors such as patrons of F&B establishments or spas within the hotel as well as non-SHN hotel guests that they are providing COVID-19 related accommodation.

But staycation guests will not be allocated accommodation or permitted to enter a room occupied by a guest under the movement control measures except for caregivers for the guest. Movement Control Measure guests will have to be on dedicated floors or where possible dedicated wings or tower blocks segregated from other guests.

The following services and activities have been allowed to resume since 19 June 2020, subject to sector Safe Management Measures and appropriate conditions being in place. Dine-in Services for F&B establishments, Gyms & Pools as well as Spas.

Attractions Approved to Operate since 1 July 2020

Gardens by the Bay photo
European themed display (Gardens by the Bay photo)

13 attractions here resumed business in stages from 1 July including Bounce, Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, Jurong Bird Park, Madame Tussauds, River Safari, Singapore Zoo, Zero Latency, ArtsScience Museum, Sands SkyPark, Observation deck and Casino at Marina Bay Sands, Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium and Casino at Resorts World Sentosa.

These attractions are restricted to no more than 25% of their operating capacity at any one time. Access to casinos is restricted to existing casino members and annual levy holders only.

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