The COVID-19 situation caused ripples through the tourism industry as families can't go on holidays, and hotels were not open for staycations. This might just change soon.
As Singapore's Phase 2 reopening continues, hotels may now start to apply* to the Government to accept bookings for staycations and reopen recreational areas for children.
*Note: Bookings are still not yet allowed at time of publishing (3 July 2020)
A Safe Staycation
Hotels must first comply with safe management measures drawn up for them by the Singapore Tourism Board, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Enterprise Singapore and Ministry of Health. These measures include
- No more than 1 person per 10 sqm in public spaces accessible by guest
- Reduce mingling between guest by staggering times that guest can be in the hotel lobby and facilities
The other measures include the implementation of SafeEntry contact tracing system, and a rigorous cleaning and disinfecting regime.
Don't Book Your Staycation Yet... But Soon...
Hotels are to submit an application to STB for assessment and this process is expected to take up to 14 days, which is in-time for the upcoming July holidays.
Even after the hotels receive approval, they must submit a set of required data every week and report any positive COVID-19 cases to STB.
How do you feel about this? Will you be booking your family's staycation soon or perhaps a family homecation will be better?