Universal Studios and 12 other Singapore tourist attractions to reopen from July 1

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13 local attractions will be permitted to reopen from 1 July. Sentosa getaway, anyone?

With leisure travel looking increasingly unlikely for Singaporeans in 2020, we’re going to have to get used to the idea of domestic travel. You know, getaways to Sentosa, farmstays in Lim Chu Kang, ironic visits to Yishun, that sort of thing.

Fortunately, some of our local attractions will be up and running next month. The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has announced a list of 13 local attractions that will be given the green light to open from 1 July, bringing to end a three-month shutdown.

Which Singapore attractions will reopen?

River Safari Singapore
River Safari Singapore

From 1 July, the following attractions will be permitted to reopen, subject to a 25% capacity cap at any one time: 

  •  Bounce
  •  Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay
  •  Jurong Bird Park
  •  Madame Tussauds
  •  River Safari
  •  Singapore Zoo
  •  Zero Latency
  •  ArtScience Museum, Sands SkyPark and Observation Deck and Casino at Marina Bay Sands
  •  Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium and Casino at Resorts World Sentosa
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Universal Studios will be an interesting place to visit with a 25% capacity cap. Assuming all the rides are open (and that’s a big assumption-it may not make sense for them to operate 100% of attractions with a 25% capacity cap), queues should be pretty much non-existent. 

I fully expect these attractions to run a few promotions to draw visitors back, but some of your credit cards may already provide offers. For example: 

Staggered openings, advance bookings required at some attractions

According to the Straits Times, not all attractions will be opening immediately on 1 July.

  • Universal Studios and the casino at RWS will open on 1 July
  • ArtScience museum and SkyPark observation deck will open on 1 July
  • Jurong Bird Park, River Safari and Singapore zoo will open to members on 3 July, and the general public on 6 July
  • SEA Aquarium will open on 4 July
  • Flower Dome will open on 11 July, with other attractions opening “at a later date”

Advance tickets may be required for some attractions, so don’t count on just showing up and buying. Check the website of your preferred attraction for more information. 

What about staycations?

St Regis Singapore
St Regis Singapore

Although local attractions are reopening, staycations are still out of the picture for now. 

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I submitted a media enquiry to the STB about when staycations will be permitted, and received the following response:

Tourism-related businesses will gradually be allowed to reopen starting from Phase 2 of Singapore’s three-phase approach. This is necessary to safeguard the health and safety of our people. Further guidance for various sectors – including hotels – will be provided soon by the relevant agencies.

STB has begun to engage tourism businesses on possible safe management measures to be taken. Agencies will advise these organisations on the approval processes and timelines for their resumption at a later date, depending on the ability and readiness of the organisation to implement these measures.

Conclusion

The Jurong Bird Park may not have been on your travel bucket list for 2020, but it looks like the most realistic option at the moment. I’ve never actually visited the SkyPark at MBS, so I suppose now’s as good a time as any to check it off. 

Which local attraction are you looking forward to visit?

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion with the intention of helping people travel better for less and impressing chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Koe

Looking forward to Casino @ MBS to open!

Adam

Jurong Bird Park is a little tired and old, probably because they’re planning to move it to Mandai soon. But it’s a good time to visit before they move.

Phil

Hey, I just wanted to say that I really appreciate your positive and light spin on this. I’m guessing that this has hit your business hard, but I love that you are using what you do to help us all through it. Ironic visits to Yishun… yes please!

Syok

With no tourists and bad economics, how many local would go to casino?

Dave

Come and watch next week. Tourists are not the only reason MBS is the highest grossing casino in, uhm – the world. And the average Singaporean pensioner frequenting MBS couldn’t care less about “the economy”.

Koe

I am one of the people waiting for casino to open.

Also bad economy is good time for some industries to earn money. This pandemic time has made tech firms, grocery companies, stock traders, amongst others a lot of money. Read: Sheng Shiong family became billionaires doing nothing different from usual.

Vivienna

Waiting for staycation too

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