S’pore BBQ Pits & Camping Sites will reopen in March, only 5 people per group
BBQs at HDB estates, condos and parks open March 18
Since Covid-19 hit Singapore, we have been deprived of several cheap recreational activities in the name of social distancing.
For example, enjoying an outdoor barbecue and camping was not possible, as pits and sites had been closed since a rise in cases last year.
Fortunately, Singapore’s barbecues and campsites will finally reopen in March after months of closure.
Of course, the current safety distance rules still apply, including no more than 5 people per group.
Closed for a long time
Since the start of the pandemic, barbecues and campsites in Singapore have spent most of the time sadly closed.
They were briefly reopened from January to May 2021, but closed again when cases started to pick up again.
Now that the Covid-19 measures are streamlined, authorities have seen fit to allow this activity back to Singaporeans.
Most facilities open March 18
The good news was revealed in a joint press release on Friday March 11 by a handful of Singaporean agencies, including the HDB, the National Parks Board (NParks) and the Singapore Land Authority (SLA).
They said BBQs and campsites at NParks-run parks will reopen on March 18.
Reservations and applications will be accepted via AXS from 10:00 a.m. March 15.
BBQs at HDB estates and condos will also open on the same day, and residents can contact their local councils or condo managers.
ALC-run barbecues – on Lazarus Island, Pulau Hantu Besar and Eagle Lodge on St John’s Island – will reopen on March 18, while their campsites will reopen on March 29.
While BBQs are on a 1st come, 1st served basis, camping requests can be made at https://app1.sla.gov.sg/TOL beginning at 10:00 a.m. March 15.
The safety distance must be respected
As outdoor R&R returns, a safe distance must still be maintained due to Covid-19.
This means that the prevailing group size of 5 applies whether you’re warming it up in a BBQ or setting up a tent for the night.
According to the agencies, there should be no mixing between the groups.
Even within the same group, masks should be worn unless exercising, eating, drinking or taking medication.
When not wearing a mask, visitors should also keep a safe distance of 1 meter from other visitors.
As for campers, they must pitch their tents at least 5 meters from each other.
Finally, all individuals must register via SafeEntry or bring their TraceTogether token.
Before descending into the parks, the public is advised to check the NParks Safe Distance@Parks portal for updates on crowd levels.
For many Singaporeans, barbecuing and camping outdoors are cheap and healthy activities for the whole family.
Thus, we are sure that they will be chomping at the bit to chop a place when reservations are open.
If you go down, remember to respect the security management measures and note that the barbecues are only open from 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
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Featured image adapted from NParks.