Online reservations required for drivers visiting Columbaria during Qing Ming 2022
Ahead of the annual Qing Ming festival, the National Environment Agency (NEA) issued a notice to visitors amid concerns from large crowds.
From March 26those driving into Choa Chu Kang and Mandai columbaria will need to reserve their slots before traveling.
The 2-hour slots, which will be available between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m., will only apply on certain dates until April 17.
Pre-booking only applies to drivers intending to enter and park on the premises. Drop-offs are still permitted at designated points.
Various measures in place for smooth visits to Qing Ming
In a notice on Wednesday (March 2)NEA shared that they expect large crowds at government-run columbaria during the Qing Ming period this year.
To manage the crowds, they have put in place various measures and recommendations, including:
- Limit the size of visitor groups (based on the currently allowed group size)
- The elderly and young children should stay at home
- Do not eat and prolong the stay in the facilities
- No pets
- Avoid crowds at various locations (e.g. niche room, prayer and incense burning areas)
- Wearing the correct mask at all times
- Carpooling registration for visitors going to columbaria
Safe Distancing Ambassadors will only be on site to control crowds and decongest facilities. NEA also reminds visitors to avoid giving red packets to staff at columbariums and cemeteries.
Besides security measures, NEA will also keep Yishun, Mandai and Choa Chu Kang columbaria open 24 hours a day from March 26 to April 17.
For a full summary of the metrics, you can refer to NEA’s infographic below:
Image courtesy of the National Environment Agency
Drivers must make an appointment on certain dates during Qing Ming
For additional measures, NEA will implement an online appointment booking system for visitors to Choa Chu Kang and Mandai columbaria during the Qing Ming period.
Visitors to the Choa Chu Kang Columbarium will need to reserve their time slots before visiting on the following dates:
- March 26 & 27, 2022
- April 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17, 2022
As for the Mandai Columbarium, electronic appointments will be mandatory for drivers every day between March 26 and April 17.
NEA also advises against driving on the premises if possible. In order to better regulate traffic in the area, traffic officers will have the right to refuse entry to vehicles that arrive outside their scheduled appointment times.
Proof of appointment must be presented to access the columbariums.
As reservation slots are limited, visitors should make an appointment early once slots become available to avoid complications.
Note important dates
After successfully implementing the system last year, we hope everyone will have a good Qing Ming Festival this year as well.
Take note of important dates to avoid any unexpected complications.
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