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Singapore Tourism Board to reopen attractions for locals

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After being closed for nearly three months, 13 tourists attractions in Singapore will be allowed to reopen, as per the announcement of Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

The attractions to reopen are Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay; Jurong Bird Park; River Safari; Singapore Zoo; the ArtScience Museum, the casino and SkyPark observation deck at Marina Bay Sands; Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium and the casino at Resorts World Sentosa; Madame Tussauds wax museum on Sentosa; trampoline park Bounce and virtual reality arcade Zero Latency.

Most will be restricted to no more than 25% of their operating capacity at any one time, and access to the casinos will be limited to existing members and annual levy holders only for the time being, STB said.

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Other attractions and domestic tour operators can submit reopening proposals to the STB for assessment, and may resume operations only after receiving approval from the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Proposals must illustrate how safe management measures will be tailored to reduce the transmission risk of COVID-19 for each attraction or tour, STB said.

While retail shops and most other businesses have been allowed to resume in phase two of the economy’s reopening, entertainment outlets and attractions have had to remain shut as they were deemed to pose a higher risk of transmission of the coronavirus.

STB chief executive Keith Tan said that in Singapore’s gradual reopening of the tourism sector, the board’s priority will be to ensure that businesses can provide a safe and enjoyable experience for 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 said.

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