When can hotels be open for staycations again? And if hotels put in safe management measures, will you go for a staycation soon or would you wait? - Seedly
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Clara Ng

Asked on 03 Jul 2020

When can hotels be open for staycations again? And if hotels put in safe management measures, will you go for a staycation soon or would you wait?

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Clara Ng
Clara Ng, Community Manager at Seedly
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Answered on 03 Jul 2020

Locals will soon be able to opt for staycations in hotels again as Singapore passes the one-month mark into into phase two of the post-circuit breaker period.

Hotels are facing the worst occupancy rates in history, with foreign visitor arrivals to Singapore all but dried up due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has announced that hotels may now apply to resume two activities: providing accommodation to guests for the purpose of leisure, and opening their recreation areas for children.

But the STB said in its advisory that all must adhere to various safe management measures to do so.

The STB said that the safe management measures that each hotel must comply with include reducing capacity and inter-mingling of hotel visitors in the hotel's lobby and guest facilities, such as disallowing more than five individuals from different households from gathering in any guest room.

The hotel must also screen every individual for symptoms, including a fever or a runny nose, before allowing anyone to enter the hotel or each guest facility.

It must also have in place rigorous cleaning and disinfecting regimes, and implement the national digital check-in system SafeEntry for every individual entering or leaving the hotel.

For the hotel's function areas, the hotel is required, among other things, to identify hot spots for potential bunching of visitors and implement a control mechanism to prevent or disperse crowds.

Source: The Straits Times

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Malvin Tan WP
Malvin Tan WP, Writer at t.me/pwpfpodcast
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Answered on 05 Jul 2020

I assume with all the measures in-place it will give off an unpleasant feeling that people typically are not looking for in their vacation/staycation. Considering theres still no tourist in Singapore (the only revenue alternatives for hotels is staycation) unless someone comes up with a better alternative to make productive use of those prime real estate... my guess is I wouldnt see Singaporeans going to hotels.

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