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UPDATED CIRCULAR ON SAFE MANAGEMENT MEASURES REQUIRED FOR ATTRACTIONS

1.     On 22 April 2022, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) announced it would ease Safe Management Measures (SMMs) and make further progress towards living with COVID-19. In line with this, the Singapore Tourism Board (“STB”) has updated the SMMs applicable to attractions.

 

2.     From 26 April 2022, the measures applicable to attractions include:

 

Operating Capacity and Safe Distancing Requirements

a.         The permissible operating capacities for attractions will be revised as such:

                         i.         Removal of operating capacity limits for all settings and events;

                       ii.         Removal of group size limits and safe distancing requirement between groups and individuals.

 

Mask-wearing requirements

b.         In indoor workplace settings, workers are allowed to remove their masks: (i) when they are not interacting physically with others and (ii) when they are not in customer-facing areas. Masks are optional for workers in outdoor workplace settings.

Vaccination-Differentiated SMMs (VDS)

c.         Removal of VDS checks and TraceTogether-only SafeEntry for attractions except for one-off events with more than 500 participants at any one time. For attractions that function in a similar way to an F&B establishment (e.g., serving of treats throughout the attraction experience) or has F&B outlets, VDS checks are not required, but the onus will be on individual guests to ensure that they are fully vaccinated prior to entering such attractions.

 

Workplace

d.         All workers may now return to the workplace.

3.     The information in this circular (which includes its annexes) supersedes that in previous circulars, advisories or statements.

SUBMISSION OF INFORMATION AND ADHERENCE TO SMMS FOR OPENING

4.      Attractions[1] typically involve large numbers of people interacting with one another, often in enclosed spaces, and over prolonged periods. STB has provided guidance within this circular on the SMMs that must be implemented and adhered to by attractions. Attractions may implement additional measures taking into consideration the nature of operations, and potential risks arising from aspects such as the attraction’s physical premises, environment, scale and typical visitor behaviour.

 

5.      Please refer to the Safe Management Measures for Attractions in Annex A for the detailed list of measures required. While the majority of these requirements are drawn from the Control Orders[2] and are summarised for the convenience of attractions, the Control Orders will prevail in case of any inconsistency. Attractions’ SMMs implementation must adhere to the Control Orders, and STB will conduct regular enforcement checks on SMM implementation.

 

6.      Prior to opening or re-opening, attractions must submit the following information to Singapore Tourism Board (“STB”): (i) name of attraction to be reopened, (ii) the maximum operating capacity in terms of pax and the approach that was used to determine this capacity and (iii) the proposed opening date. Information must be submitted to STB via STB_Attractions@stb.gov.sg at least 7 working days prior to attraction’s opening date. STB reserves the right to suspend attractions if information is not submitted or there are gaps or inadequate implementation of SMMs.

 

7.      Attractions are also required to submit their monthly visitorship figures to STB.

 

ENFORCEMENT OF MEASURES

8.      Government agencies will step up enforcement to ensure that businesses comply with the required SMMs. Under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act, first-time offenders will face a fine of up to $10,000, imprisonment of up to six months, or both. Repeat offenders will face a fine of up to $20,000, imprisonment of up to twelve months, or both. Businesses that are not compliant may be ordered to cease business activities or close altogether. Under the Infectious Diseases (COVID-19 Access Restrictions and Clearance) Regulations 2021, businesses that fail to comply with requirements thereunder will face a fine not exceeding $10,000 and participants that fail to comply will face a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both. Businesses that are not compliant may also be ineligible for government grants, loans, tax rebates and other assistance.

 

9.      Attractions are required to adhere to the SMMs outlined in this circular on an ongoing basis during operations. For any enquiries, please contact STB_Attractions@stb.gov.sg

Annex A – Safe Management Measures for Attractions

 

SINGAPORE TOURISM BOARD

Updated as of 27 April 2022

 

 

[1] This circular applies to gated Attractions (including pop-up attractions) with tourism value. Please refer to the list of approved attractions by STB at www.stb.gov.sg/content/stb/en/home-pages/approved-attractions.html.

[2] In this paragraph, “Control Orders” mean the prevailing COVID-19 (Temporary Measures)(Reopening – Control Order) Regulations 2022, COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020  and the Infectious Diseases (COVID-19 Access Restrictions and Clearance) Regulations 2021.