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Marina Bay Sands announces temporary closure

These unprecedented times have resulted in unexpected measures

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Following an address from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong earlier on Friday, March 3, the iconic Marina Bay Sands has also announced a temporary closure of all its Integrated Resort services and operations. This means that places and attractions like the Shoppes, hotel, food and beverage outlets, ArtScience Museum and the casino will be closed – at least till Monday, May 4.

This is in line with the Singapore government's call for the physical closure of most businesses except essential services from Tuesday, April 7. This decision was made as a "circuit breaker" response to the escalating cases of Covid-19 in Singapore.

Earlier in March, luxe nightclub Marquee in Marina Bay Sands made the responsible move to suspend operations even before the Multi-Ministry Taskforce on Covid-19 announced that entertainment venues had to be closed. Marina Bay Sands is one of the biggest – if not, the biggest – tourist attractions in the city so a decision like this does not come easy.

If you have booked a stay at Marina Bay Sands between April 7 to May 4, your reservations will be cancelled. The team says that they will make their best efforts to find alternative accommodation for guests already checked in and also for those who made bookings beyond the closure period. In the meantime, find out more about how you can help the F&B industry and what the government's other "circuit breaker" measures are. 

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