Gardens by the Bay will reopen its ticketed attractions in phases, beginning with Flower Dome on 1 July, after the 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 1 July, 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.
Safety a Top Priority
Gardens by the Bay has launched a new app to enable visitors to enjoy a safe, contactless experience when they visit Flower Dome. The new app will allow visitors to buy and scan their tickets to Flower Dome, perform SafeEntry check-in and check-out, and get real-time updates on crowd levels in the Gardens.
Through the app, Gardens by the Bay’s 70,000 strong member-base can pre-book a time slot to visit Flower Dome. Meanwhile, ticket sales will open to the public from 7 July. The public can purchase their timed-entry tickets either through the app or the Gardens by the Bay website.
Tickets purchased through the app will be discounted by $1 until the end of September. Physical ticketing counters at Gardens by the Bay will not be open during this period. The app will be available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store from 29 June.
More smart features in the app will be rolled out progressively, with the objective to be an all-in-one app for frequent visitors to Gardens by the Bay. These include:
- Wayfinding within the Gardens
- Booking and payment for shuttle service from Bayfront Plaza to Cooled Conservatories
- Contactless payment at Gardens by the Bay’s retail shops
- Plant identification
- Smart tracking
- Providing feedback on the visitor experience
In addition to timed-entry tickets, the number of visitors allowed in Flower Dome will be reduced by 75 per cent. These measures are put in place to stagger the entry of visitors, even out the number of people in a day, and deter over-crowding.
In addition, all other precautionary measures to ensure visitor safety will be taken. These include:
- Temperature screening
- Safe distancing of 1 metre 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.
Resilience in Reopening Flower Dome
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 the Edible Garden, and it is 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 colourful Swiss chards and sweet pepper, purple kohlrabi, white variegated thyme, silver sage, scented pastel pink and peach-coloured 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. For example, each new Pocket Gardens Surprise will be launched with a video tour.
For more information, including the opening dates of F&B and retail outlets, visit here.