[email protected], a dedicated facility that allows business travellers to stay and conduct meetings without having to serve quarantine on arrival, has welcomed its first batch of overseas guests. [email protected], which has been billed as the first of its kind in the world, allows business travellers to meet their Singapore-based counterparts, as well as guests from other countries, “safely”. The accommodation facility which also serves as a business centre is “bubble-wrapped” such that the visitors do not mingle with the community in Singapore.
Meetings at the facility are held in specially-designed meeting rooms with air-tight glass panels to reduce the risk of transmission. Large-scale video conferences can also be held, to allow for hybrid meetings. The facility will also deploy “innovative solutions” to minimise contact between guests and frontline staff members, such as pre-installed shelves located outside guest rooms for meals to be delivered. In the first phase of the project, [email protected] will have 150 rooms and 40 meeting rooms that can hold four to 22 attendees. It will expand in phases to reach a full potential capacity to host about 1,300 business travellers.
Singapore has also been aggressively rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations nationwide. The country’s COVID-19 vaccination drive has already expanded its vaccination programme to everyone above the age of 45. Vaccinations had also earlier been offered to essential workers who have multiple touchpoints with many members of the community, including those who work in hawker centres and markets, as well as active taxi and private-hire car drivers.