Are we ready?



Daily Dose: Are we ready?

News over the weekend indicates that Singapore may open up by year-end. This will mark the start of leisure visitors to Singapore. With the reopening, we do anticipate increase activities on this little island. 

Are we ready for this?

Here are some of the things you should do in anticipation of the visitors.

1) Take your vaccination

2) Have a business plan for anticipated visitors by year-end. This is especially so for tourist related business such as hotels and attractions. Last year, there was a fiasco on the wait for hotel check-in for a staycation. With the country opening up and locals not anticipated to travel widely yet, this year-end would be extra busy for these organisation

3) Book your staycation early, especially if you do not expect to travel. For families with young kids who are not vaccinated, travel could be out of the question. If this is the case, better book your staycations early for this year.



1) 17 Covid19 cases

17 imported cases

No local cases over the weekend. There are 2 short term visit pass holders who are here to visit relatives. One of the relatives is not a PR nor a resident in Singapore. Are we becoming laxer in screening visitors?

 The 17 cases are as follow

• 4 (Cases 60880, 60888, 60889 and 60890) are Dependant’s Pass holders who arrived from France, India and Nepal.
• 1 (Case 60884) is a Long-Term Visit Pass holder who arrived from India.
• 1 (Case 60885) is a Student’s Pass holder who arrived from India.
• 1 (Case 60891) is a Work Pass holder who arrived from Nepal.
• 8 are Work Permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar and the Philippines, of whom 1 (Case 60901) is a foreign domestic worker.
• 2 (Cases 60881 and 60886) are Short-Term Visit Pass holders. Case 60881 arrived from the Philippines to visit her Singaporean relatives and Case 60886 arrived from India to visit his family member who works in Singapore.

Source: MOH

https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/details/no-new-cases-of-locally-transmitted-covid-19-infection-14-Mar-2021-Updated

2) 61-year-old Singapore man who returns from work in UAE dies of Covid19 complications

A grim reminder that Covid19 still poses a health threat despite our low community cases and death rate

Source: ST

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/61-year-old-sporean-man-who-returned-from-work-in-the-uae-dies-of-covid-19-complications

3) Four sites in Balestier, Toa Payoh, Bedok and Jurong East to be cleared for a housing estate.

Some of these are in mature residential areas. It would be interesting to note what is in store. There is no indication if the sites are meant for the public or private housing.

Source: ST

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/housing/4-sites-in-balestier-toa-payoh-bedok-jurong-east-to-make-way-for-future-housing


4) Singapore may reopen borders by year-end, says PM Lee

Things may be picking up soon. Singapore has largely banned leisure travel but put in place some business and official travel programmes. It is also discussing mutual recognition of vaccine certification with other nations.

With the country scheduled to open, it may be best to take vaccination regardless of travelling.

Source: CNA

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-reopen-borders-year-end-pm-lee-hsien-loong-bbc-14403322












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