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Camping sites and barbecue pits to reopen from Mar 18

Applications for booking of barbecue pits and camping permits can be made online through the AXS from Mar 15.

Harshiyne Maran

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Published: 14 March 2022, 12:49 PM

Through a joint press release by National Parks Board (NParks), Singapore Land Authority (SLA), Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and Housing & Development Board’s (HDB) on Mar 11, it was announced that camping sites and barbecue pits are slated to reopen in the coming weeks. 

Camping sites and barbecue pits managed by NParks will be reopened from Mar 18. The barbecue pits in HDB housing estates and private condominiums will also reopen from Mar 18.

However, reopening for camping sites owned by the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) will take place from Mar 29.

In line with the latest announcements from the Multi-Ministry Taskforce on the streamlining of Safe Management Measures (SMMs), camping tents should be at least 5m apart from each other to ensure safe distancing. 

The number of campers should also be capped at 5 persons per camping permit, which is the current permissible group size.

Similarly, for barbecue pits, each pit should be limited to only 5 people at any one time. 

The permit for barbecue pits has a validity from 12pm to 10:30pm on the particular date of the booking made.

Application for camping permits and booking of barbecue pits in the gardens and parks managed by NParks can be made via the AXS system from Mar 15, at 10am.

As for camping sites and barbecue pits managed by SLA, they are located on Lazarus Island and Pulau Hantu Besar. Bookings for their holiday lodge on St John’s Island, ‘Eagle Lodge’, and their camping sites can be made here. Slots will be opened for booking from Mar 15 at 10am for stays from Mar 29 onwards. 

The barbecue pits located on Kusu Island, St John’s Island and Pulau Hantu Besar, are free for public use on a first come, first served basis. No bookings will be required.

For residential barbecue pits located in HDBs or condominiums, the public should approach their respective town councils or condominium management for more information. 

Members of the public will need to adhere to current safe distancing practices such as wearing a mask except when engaging in strenuous exercises or consuming food, drink or medication, as well as observing a safe distance of at least one metre from other visitors when unmasked. Intermingling between groups should also be avoided. 

SafeEntry QR Code check-ins should be done through the TraceTogether app or the token before entering any of the sites listed above.

Before making bookings, the public is advised to refer to Safe Distance @ Parks portal for the latest updates on visitorship levels. The NParks website also provides detailed information on advisories for gardens, parks and nature reserves.

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