Istana’s open house cancelled in light of increased COVID-19 cases

The President’s Office cancelled the Istana Open House to reduce social interactions within the community.

Celeste Lim

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Published: 4 May 2021, 2:31 PM

The Istana Open House (IOH) has been cancelled due to an increased number of COVID-19 community cases.

The event was supposed to be a combined celebration of both Labour Day and Hari Raya Puasa. While the main building would have remained closed to the public, visitors could visit some spaces within the Istana grounds, including the new Inclusive Garden.

As the COVID-19 situation in Singapore had stabilised in the past few months, the President’s Office had planned to open the Istana to the public in different stages, starting with the IOH on May 13.

However, since the IOH was announced, there has been a rise in local COVID-19 cases. 

As the COVID-19 Multi-Ministry Taskforce advised that social interactions within the community should be reduced, the President’s Office decided to “err on the side of caution and cancel the IOH”. 

Those who had previously acquired tickets to the cancelled IOH will still be able to gain admission to the next IOH with their existing tickets.

“The Istana looks forward to welcoming visitors again once the COVID-19 situation has improved,” the President’s Office wrote.

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