Sentosa wants beachgoers to book spots early as part of crowd control measures

Beach on Sentosa. Photo: Annie Spratt
Beach on Sentosa. Photo: Annie Spratt

Beachgoers planning to hit the sand and sea on Sentosa are required to reserve their spots on the beach early starting Oct. 17, the island’s management announced today. 

This is part of plans to control the growing crowds spotted across its Tanjong, Palawan, and Siloso beaches on weekends and public holidays, according to its news release. Beachgoers are required to make online reservations up to seven days prior to their visits so as to keep them socially distanced amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The launch of a reservation-only beach entry during peak periods will help us ensure that Sentosa remains safe for all guests and staff as we welcome more guests back to our diverse and exciting array of leisure offerings,” CEO Thien Kwee Eng said. “We also seek the cooperation of our guests to continue being socially responsible so that Sentosa continues to be a place where all visitors will have an enjoyable experience.”

Sentosa will start receiving bookings on Oct. 10. It has divided its beaches into seven different zones, with each zone limited to between 100 and 350 people. Beach guests are also expected to stick within the “safety ring” boundaries demarcated on the sand.

‘Safety ring’ boundaries demarcated for beach guests. Photo: SDC
‘Safety ring’ boundaries demarcated for beach guests. Photo: SDC

Guests can make reservations on the Sentosa website. Those who have made reservations will receive a confirmation email, which will be shown to beach staff before entering the designated zones. Wristbands will be given before entry. 

Each person can make bookings for a group of up to five people for either morning – from 8am to 1pm – or afternoon – from 2pm to 7pm. Sentosa beaches are closed outside those times. Separate reservations are also required for those who want to play volleyball at any one of the island’s 15 beach courts. 

Walk-ins are allowed during non-peak periods like weekdays, subject to crowd size. If it suddenly begins to rain and going to the beach doesn’t seem like a good idea anymore, be sure to cancel your reservation so that others can take over your slot. 

The management is trialing its booking system for three months and is open to complaints and feedback while it reviews and adjusts the process.

Palawan beach zones. Graphic: SDC
Palawan beach zones. Graphic: SDC
Tanjong beach zones. Graphic: SDC
Tanjong beach zones. Graphic: SDC
Siloso beach zones. Graphic: SDC
Siloso beach zones. Graphic: SDC

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