Singapore has launched what it billed as a coronavirus-secure hotel and meeting complex where visitors communicate via intercom through glass panels, AFP reports.
Short-stay business travellers to Singapore will be able to avoid the official 14-day quarantine rule if they stay at Connect@Changi, a purpose-built facility near Changi Airport. They will, however, be required to remain within the facility for the duration of their stay to prevent possible transmission to the wider community.
“The resumption of business travel and international meetings is important for catalysing economic recovery, in Singapore and the region,” the deputy prime minister, Heng Swee Keat, said. It will “preserve our role as a global business hub”, he added at the launch of the complex, which will receive its first guests in March.
Upon arrival at the airport, guests will be “bubble wrapped” – meaning they will be tested and then ferried directly to the facility. The complex will initially have 150 guest rooms which will later be expanded to 660, each with a shelf outside where staff can leave meals without coming into contact with guests.
A red light stays illuminated outside their room until their test comes back negative and then they can go about their business within the complex. They are tested regularly during their stay and prior to departure.