Istana to welcome visitors for the first time since Covid-19; reopening on Aug 1 to mark National Day

It will be the first time visitors are allowed to enter the Istana, since its closure to the public in February 2020.
It will be the first time visitors are allowed to enter the Istana, since its closure to the public in February 2020.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Istana is reopening its grounds to the public on Aug 1, Sunday, to mark National Day.

However, only those who have tickets for the last scheduled opening on May 13 will be admitted. That open house was to celebrate Labour Day and Hari Raya Puasa, but had to be cancelled when pandemic measures were tightened.

With the gradual easing of the measures this month, ticket holders of the cancelled visit will be invited back for the upcoming National Day open house, the President's Office said in a statement on Tuesday (July 13).

It will be the first time members of the public are allowed to enter the Istana grounds since their closure to the public in February 2020 due to Covid-19.

To avoid gathering of large groups, there will be no performances, tours, booths or food trucks within the Istana grounds during the Aug 1 open house, unlike previous ones. Safe distancing ambassadors will also be deployed to ensure visitors observe safe distancing measures.

"The Istana seeks visitors' cooperation and understanding so that the upcoming Istana open house will be a pleasant experience for all," the statement said.