Gardens by the Bay will reopen its ticketed attractions in phases, beginning with Flower Dome on July 1, after a closure of close to three months since the circuit breaker began in April.
Members of Gardens by the Bay’s Friends of the Gardens membership programme will be able to visit from July 1, while the public can visit from July 11.
With safety as a top priority, the other ticketed attractions – Cloud Forest, OCBC Skyway, Supertree Observatory and Floral Fantasy – as well as the Garden Rhapsody sound and light show, will open in phases at a later date. This is to ensure that the new safety and operational protocols put in place can be assessed rigorously to ensure the safety of visitors and staff at all times before Gardens by the Bay fully reopens.
Things to note before visiting
Gardens by the Bay has launched a new app to enable visitors to enjoy a safe, contactless experience when they visit Flower Dome. Some of the functions include purchasing and scanning of tickets, performing SafeEntry check-in and check-out, and getting real-time updates on crowd levels in the Gardens via the app.
Members will be able to create their virtual membership card and pre-book a time slot via the app to visit Flower Dome on 1 July (booking starts 29 June 2020).
For the general public, ticket sales will be available for purchase from 7 July 2020 via the app, and on Gardens by the Bay website. Tickets purchased via the app will enjoy a $1 off till end of September. All visitors are encouraged to download the mobile app for a contactless experience, as physical ticketing counters in the Gardens will not be open during this period.
In addition, all other precautionary measures to ensure visitor safety will be taken. These include:
Safe distancing of 1m and floor markers to guide people in complying
Automatic entry and exit doors
One-directional flow of visitors in Flower Dome
Self-disinfecting coating on commonly touched surfaces like lift buttons and escalator railings
Sanitisation of public amenities like toilets every hour
Hand sanitisers available at all entrances, exits and high contact areas
Equipping the air-chilling system in Flower Dome with high performance germicidal Ultra Violet (C) emitters similar to those used in healthcare institutions to improve air quality
Visitors will also have to comply with prevailing Covid-19 guidelines, including wearing of masks, not gathering in groups of more than five people, and observing a safe distance of 1m from other visitors.
What to expect in Flower Dome?
With the disruption of the supply chain of flowers from international markets like Europe due to Covid-19, Gardens by the Bay is taking a different approach in order to overcome this challenge and design a beautiful floral display to welcome the local community back.
The main flower field features a European-themed landscape that invokes a tranquil sojourn to the countryside, dotted with popular flowers such as sunflowers, foxgloves, larkspurs, kangaroo paw, coleus and pelargoniums. These seasonal blooms from temperate countries are grown in-house by horticulturists in Gardens by the Bay’s own climate-controlled greenhouses.
In addition, Gardens by the Bay is also introducing mini garden displays in the Pocket Gardens Surprise series. These mini displays will be introduced throughout Flower Dome every fortnight to encourage visitors to explore the various nooks. The first Pocket Gardens Surprise is Edible Garden, sponsored by private individual John Lo and his family in dedication to Singapore’s healthcare and safety enforcement officers.
Drawing inspiration from the traditional French potager garden, Edible Garden features vegetables and herbs grown for use in the kitchen. It is designed to inspire, educate and create awareness on the importance of food security and resilience. Nestled next to the main flower field, it features a range of interesting temperate ornamental vegetables, herbs and flowers such as colorful Swiss chards and sweet pepper, purple kohlrabi, white variegated thyme, silver sage, scented pastel pink and peach-colored sweet Williams, and violet pansies in a pleasing arrangement that draws on the beauty of symmetry.
For people who are not quite ready to venture out yet, Gardens by the Bay’s well-received #StayHomeWithGB online initiative on Facebook and the website will continue, with new content added every week.
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