A group of nurses and doctors from National University Hospital (NUH) were among the first members of public in Singapore to preview Cloud Forest ahead of its reopening on August 6.
With Nurses Day in Singapore falling on August 1, Gardens by the Bay invited the NUH team to visit on this special day. A number of Gardens by the Bay’s staff had been seconded to the Community Care Facility at Tuas during the circuit breaker months to assist in the work there, where they became acquainted with these doctors and nurses.
The stint not only gave the Gardens’ staff first-hand experience in the national effort to fight Covid-19, but also the chance to build friendships. Some of the Gardens’ staff, now back from their secondment, hosted the NUH team during today’s visit.
Minister for Education Lawrence Wong, who is co-chair of the multi-ministry task force on Covid-19, was also present during the visit to meet the NUH team.
Special promotions for nurses and the public
With National Day around the corner, there will be a series of promotions at Gardens by the Bay for Singapore residents, including nurses.
For the whole month of August, all practising nurses in Singapore will enjoy complimentary entry to Cloud Forest and Flower Dome – a way for Gardens by the Bay to pay tribute to the hard work put in by nurses during this pandemic. Nurses need only flash a valid Singapore Nursing Board practising certificate card at the entrance of the conservatories to gain entry.
This promotion is all the more meaningful for Gardens by the Bay, after its staff were given the rare opportunity to see first-hand the kind of challenges frontline healthcare workers faced when caring for Covid-19 patients at a Community Care Facility.
In addition, with Gardens by the Bay wanting to do more for the local community in its capacity as a national garden, a special ticketing promotion will run from August 3 to the end of the month.
Every purchase of a two-conservatories ticket at $20 comes with unlimited entry to both Cloud Forest and Flower Dome for up to six months, valid until February 7 next year. This ticketing promotion is available online from Gardens by the Bay’s website as well as mobile app, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
Gardens by the Bay Deputy CEO Lee Kok Fatt said, “Gardens by the Bay is, at its core, about community building. We believe in creating a better world for those around us and the next generation. That is why on this day, we are honouring our nurses for their contributions to Singapore. We would also like to offer all who visit Flower Dome and Cloud Forest during the National Day celebrations the opportunity to enjoy both conservatories as many times as they can for up to six months.”
First full-scale art exhibition in Cloud Forest
Visitors to Cloud Forest when it reopens to public will get to see its first-ever full-scale art exhibition. In collaboration with Chini Gallery, “A Sculptor’s Secret Garden” is a showcase of 16 bronze sculptures by well-known Taiwanese artist Lee Kuang-Yu.
Mr Lee’s 16 sculptures, which are interspersed throughout Cloud Forest, are based on three themes: “A Quiet Respite in the Garden”, “Beautiful Memories” and “Man and Nature as One”. These sculptures were brought out of Mr Lee’s studio and garden nestled in the mountains of Xizhi in Taipei, to be exhibited in Gardens by the Bay.
Nature reduces stress and helps soothe the soul. Art has the same potential. In Cloud Forest, art as a medium, and nature as its platform, will come together in a powerful way to provide people with welcome respite from these stressful times.
All precautionary measures to ensure visitor safety will be taken. Visitors must pre-book their timed-entry tickets online from the Gardens by the Bay website or mobile app. Physical ticketing counters will not be open.
In addition, the following measures will also be in place:
· Temperature screening
· Safe distancing of 1m and floor markers to guide people in complying
· Automatic entry and exit doors
· Self-disinfecting coating on commonly touched surfaces like lift buttons and escalator railings
· Sanitisation of public amenities like toilets every hour
· Hand sanitisers available at all entrances, exits and high contact areas
· Equipping the air-chilling system in Cloud Forest and Flower Dome with high performance germicidal Ultra Violet (C) emitters similar to those used in healthcare institutions to improve air quality
Visitors will also have to comply with prevailing Covid-19 guidelines, including wearing of masks, not gathering in groups of more than five people, and observing a safe distance of 1m from other visitors.
For more information, visit www.gardensbythebay.com.sg.