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Covid-19: Hotels may now apply to Govt to accept staycation bookings, subject to safety rules

SINGAPORE — Hotels may now apply to the Government to accept bookings from guests who want a staycation and to reopen recreation areas for children, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said in an advisory on Friday (July 3).

Covid-19: Hotels may now apply to Govt to accept staycation bookings, subject to safety rules

Hotels that have received approval must submit a set of required data every week and alert the Singapore Tourism Board whenever there is a positive case of Covid-19 on their premises.

SINGAPORE — Hotels may now apply to the Government to accept bookings from guests who want a staycation and to reopen recreation areas for children, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said in an advisory on Friday (July 3). 

To get the approval to do so, the hotels must first comply with safe management measures drawn up for them by STB, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Health and trade agency Enterprise Singapore. 

These measures include limiting occupancy to no more than one person per 10 sqm in public spaces accessible to guests at any point of time, excluding hotel employees, and reducing face-to-face mingling among guests by staggering times that guests can be in the hotel lobby and guest facilities.

Hotels also need to be able to disperse crowds and prevent "bunching", implement the SafeEntry contact tracing system and put in place a rigorous cleaning and disinfecting regime, especially for high-touch surfaces. 

Dine-in services in hotel food-and-beverage establishments were already allowed to resume from June 19, as Singapore entered the second phase of reopening its economy after non-essential business activities were halted in April and May. 

Before accepting guests, hotels must submit an application to STB for assessment. As part of the assessment process, their premises will be inspected by the statutory board.

STB will take up to 14 days to assess each application. 

Hotels that have received approval must then submit a set of required data every week and alert STB whenever there is a positive case of Covid-19 on their premises.

Under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act, those who fail to comply with these measures will be fined up to S$10,000, jailed up to six months, or both. 

Offenders may also be ineligible for government grants, loans, tax rebates and other assistance.

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