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Jewel Changi Airport to close

Jewel's Rain Vortex - the entertainment complex will close following a Covid cluster at Changi Airport (photo courtesy Maikel Oosterink/Unsplash).

Singapore has announced that Jewel Changi Airport is to close for two weeks.

Following a sudden escalation in locally transmitted Covid-19 cases in the city, all passenger terminal buildings including Jewel Changi Airport will be shuttered to the public for 14 days from tomorrow (Thursday). While travellers and some staff will be able to access terminal buildings, Jewel will be completely closed off.

Access to terminal buildings will be restricted to passengers with air tickets and essential airport workers. Passengers can still be dropped off and picked up from the airport.

Basement 2 at Terminal 3 has also been shuttered as it was discovered that several positive cases had visited outlets there.

The evolving Changi Airport cluster now numbers 25 cases and is the second-largest cluster in Singapore following the surge at Tan Tock Seng Hospital earlier this month. A total of 16 new cases were announced today, including ten in the community of which seven were linked to Changi Airport. The remaining six cases were imported.

Changi Airport has begun testing 9,000 airport workers and staff are being urged to stay home where possible over the next 14 days until they receive a negative test result.

Jewel Changi Airport is an entertainment and retail complex inside the airport and linked to three of its passenger terminals. It opened in 2019 to great acclaim - one of its biggest attractions is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, the Rain Vortex.

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