SINGAPORE, Jan. 17 (The Straits Times / ANN): Barbecue pits and campgrounds in parks on the island will reopen for use on Wednesday (Jan. 20).
License applications were re-launched last Wednesday (January 13th).
As of 2 p.m. Friday (January 15th), 14 camping permits and 29 barbecue permits have been issued, the National Parks Board (NParks) said in response to Straits Times inquiries.
According to the latest advice from the working group of several ministries for the Covid-19 situation, NParks is reopening half of all camping places and barbecue pits, said Sophianne Araib, director of the NParks group for parks.
Applications for camping permits can be filed on NPark’s East Coast Park, Pasir Reese Park and West Coast Park, as well as barbecue pits in seven parks, including Changi Beach Park, Sembawang Park and West Coast Park. On this website you can request camping permits for Ubin.
“Participants will need to adhere to secure management measures, including checking with the SafeEntry KR code in the TraceTogether application or passing their TraceTogether token,” she said.
To ensure safe removal, camping tents must be set up at a distance of at least 5 meters, and the number of campers must be six per camping permit.
Six was also the allowed size of the camping group before Covid-19.
Eight people are allowed in each pit with a barbecue, and the permits are valid from noon to 10.30 pm. Those measures are in line with guidelines for the safe management of food and beverage outlets, Sophianne said.
“Participants should also respect other safety management measures, such as wearing a mask, except when engaging in strenuous exercise or consuming food, drink or medication, as well as respecting a safe distance of at least 1m from other visitors,” she said.
She added that there should also be no mixing between different groups.
“We hope that all visitors to the park will be socially responsible and that our green areas will be safe for everyone,” said Sophianne.
Anyone who intends to visit the parks can look for the latest updates on crowded levels on the Safe Distance @ Parks portal.
The latest Covid-19 tips for gardens, parks and nature reserves can also be found on the NParks website.
Meanwhile, as of Sunday noon (January 17th), 30 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, bringing Singapore’s total number to 59,113.
There were 28 imported cases that were notified of the stay at home upon arrival in Singapore, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced.
Weekly data also includes two community cases.
No new cases from dormitories have been announced.
Overall, the number of new cases in the community has dropped from eight cases in the previous week to six cases in the past week, the MOH said.
The number of unrelated cases in the community in one week also decreased from five cases to four during the same period.
With 13 cases discharged on Saturday, 58,769 patients have fully recovered from the disease.
A total of 54 patients remained in the hospital on Saturday, and none were in intensive care, while 216 were recovering in community facilities.
Singapore had 29 deaths from Covid-19 complications, while 15 of those who tested positive died from other causes.
Globally, the outbreak of the virus, which began in December 2019, infected more than 94.9 million people. More than two million people died. – The Straits Times / Asian News Network