Singapore closes attractions over COVID-19

The Singapore Government has ordered all schools and non-essential services to close from 7 April, to pre-empt the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This means that attractions in the country will be temporarily closing their doors.

In an address to the nation, Singapore’s Prime Minister ordered the closure of all work premises, except for key services. This has lead to the closure of the country’s attractions, including Singapore Zoo and Universal Studios Singapore.

Attractions in Singapore have been open up to this point, although many have introduced extra safety measures. While the number of coronavirus cases in the country is relatively small to date, the new rules have been put in place as a pre-emptive measure to ensure that the rate of infection remains low.

These new measures will be in place for four weeks, from 7 April until 4 May.

Temporary closures at Resorts World Sentosa

In a statement, Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) announced that it would be temporarily suspending all guest offerings, including Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, Adventure Cove Waterpark and Dolphin Island. These attractions will be closed from Monday 6 April until Monday 4 May 2020. Some restaurants will stay open for takeaway and deliveries, in order to support residents.

This means that Universal Studios Singapore is the latest Universal property to close its doors, joining Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Japan.

Singapore Zoo closes

Singapore Zoo, as well as the other parks under Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), is closing its doors until 4 May. This includes the Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and River Safari.

In a Facebook post, WRS assured guests that it would continue to look after its staff and animals. “This is the first time that we are suspending operations at our parks,” said the post. “Thank you for supporting our parks. Every visit means a lot to us and helps support the animals under our care. We will miss you, and plan to continue sharing amazing stories about our animal family and their care teams over the coming weeks. Stay tuned!”

The city’s key museums, such as the National Museum of Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum, will also be closed for the duration.

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