Singapore and Abu Dhabi ramp up safety measures as they reopen

Countries across the globe are boosting their efforts to instill confidence as they maintain recovery efforts after months of restrictions.

Singapore is promoting its nationwide SG Clean initiative in line with the gradual reopening of tourism attractions.

SG Clean was first launched in February in response to COVID-1 to raise hygiene standards. With Singapore coming out of their circuit-breaker restrictions in June, SG Clean remains more important than ever, with its aim of instilling confidence and giving assurance to locals (and eventually visitors too) that venues and facilities in Singapore are certified by qualified third parties in having rigorous hygiene and sanitation measures in place.

More than 9000 establishments have obtained the SG Clean Quality Mark to date.

Singapore tourism businesses were permitted to resume operations in stages at the start of July. As of 20 July, 27 approved attractions including ArtScience Museum, Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay and Singapore Zoo, as well as 80 hotels such as Raffles Hotel Singapore, PARKROYAL On Beach Road and The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore have been given the greenlight to open.

Abu Dhabi is also ramping up its public safety measures with regular COVID-19 testing for all tourism sector staff made mandatory

The move is in line with the Go Safe Certification Program spearheaded by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).

“The regular testing of staff provides another layer of safety for the community, helping to uplift the confidence of consumers and further activate the tourism sector in the capital,” said Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, executive director of tourism and marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi.

“We are blessed in Abu Dhabi to have an interdepartmental support structure that has enabled our businesses and entities to navigate this period in the best shape possible. We are working closely with all relevant authorities to ensure the successful implementation and ongoing management of this initiative. This, along with our Go Safe certification programme and the outstanding work being done by our government, will pave the way for a safe haven in the midst of this global pandemic.”