Stays are currently not permitted, but some hotel facilities may reopen – Mothership.SG

For those who have been looking forward to a pleasant stay in phase 2, you might be disappointed.

A circular issued by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), allegedly seen by Thousand, states that hotels are reminded not to accept bookings from local residents, with a few exceptions.

Hotels can only accept local reservations under specific circumstances

According to the circular, hotels can only accept reservations from local residents if they fall into specific permitted categories.

These include:

    • People whose current place of residence is unavailable due to home renovations.
    • Individuals who have sold their current place of residence but cannot stay elsewhere.
    • Individuals whose existing rental lease has ended but cannot stay elsewhere.
    • Returnees who have completed their Notice of Stay at Home (SHN) at dedicated facilities but do not have accommodation of their own as they generally do not live in Singapore.
    • Healthcare workers who wish to isolate themselves from other family members living in the same residential unit.
    • Green travelers / expressways.

Hotels can also accept Long Term Pass holders entering Singapore on or after June 17, 2020, 11:59 p.m., and who have stayed at:

  • Australia
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Macau
  • Mainland china
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Vietnam

in the last 14 consecutive days prior to entry, and wish to serve their 14-day SHN at a hotel.

The circular said hotels are required to do due diligence to ensure that guests seeking accommodation meet the listed criteria.

Staycations will therefore not be allowed, at least for the time being.

Some hotel facilities may reopen

While hotels may not be permitted to accept bookings from local residents in most cases, other facilities commonly found in hotels may resume, subject to regulation.

Catering services in F&B hotel establishments can resume in phase 2, subject to the cessation of sales and alcohol consumption at 10:30 p.m. every day.

Live music, radio broadcasts and all forms of television and video projections, as well as other forms of public entertainment such as dancing, darts or karaoke are not permitted.

Hotels can also take over the operation of event venues, with a maximum capacity of five people, excluding hotel staff per event.

The wedding celebration at the hotel premises is limited to 20 people, including vendors, and excluding the celebrant and hotel staff.

Spas, swimming pools and gymnasiums can also resume their activities, subject to regulations. For shared facilities, hotels were reminded to stagger hours of use and to perform thorough cleaning and disinfection.

Refrain from marketing

STB also appears to be aware of the various holiday deals that have been promoted recently and has advised hotels not to engage in marketing efforts to promote holiday packages until STB is made aware of them, in order to avoid to confuse the public.

According to the circular, STB will indicate when hotels can resume their stays once details are ready.

Top image of MBS.


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