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30 premises and 30 individuals penalised for breaching Safe Management Measures

Measures will be enhanced for nightlife operators to ensure compliance with SMMs.

Shannon Kuan

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Published: 14 May 2021, 4:44 PM

A total of 30 premises and 30 individuals were penalised for breaching Safe Management Measures (SMM), as Government agencies step up enforcement checks on F&B outlets and other public spaces, the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) announced on Friday (May 14). 

Ten F&B premises were ordered to close, including six former nightlife establishments which have pivoted to the F&B industry. Another 20 F&B outlets and 30 individuals have also been fined for breaking Safe Management Measures (SMMs).

With the increase of SMM breaches within former nightlife establishments which have now pivoted to the F&B industry in recent months, agencies have enhanced administrative and enforcement measures for these establishments, to ensure they comply with SMMs.

10 F&B outlets ordered to close

Club Illusion at River Valley Road was ordered to close for 10 days from May 6 to May 15, after allowing groups of customers to mingle and having gatherings of more than eight people on Apr 23.

English Football Museum located at River Valley Road had allowed the intermingling of groups of customers and gatherings of more than eight people on Apr 23, leading to their 10 day closure from May 8 to May 17.

The Malayan Council at Bussorah Street was ordered to close for 10 days from May 8 to May 17, after failing to ensure a metre distance between seated customers on May 2. This is its third offence.

Haru, located in Central Mall, was ordered to close for 10 days from May 9 to May 18, after allowing gatherings of over eight people on May 7.

Jag’s @ Siglap at East Coast Road was ordered to close for 10 days from May 13 to May 22, after serving alcohol to customers after 10.30pm on May 7.

Destiny Japanese KTV at Cuppage Plaza, was ordered to close for 30 days from May 8 to June 6, as it is a repeat offender. They had failed to minimise interaction between staff and customers on May 7.

Siem Reap Indochine at Lor Mambong was ordered to close for 10 days from May 13 to May 22, after allowing gatherings of more than five people on May 8.

4 D’Road Bar, located in Far East Shopping Centre, was ordered to close for 10 days from May 9 to May 18. They had allowed entry to freelance hostesses who were not employees of the bar, failed to minimise interaction between these hostesses and customers, and also screened music videos to customers on May 8.

MZS Family Karaoke at Ming Arcade were forced to close for 20 days from May 9 to May 28, as it is a repeat offender. The establishment had allowed the consumption of alcohol after 10.30pm on May 8.

 

MZS Family Karaoke was previously caught on Dec 2020 for allowing a group of 51 people, and for serving alcohol after 10.30pm. PHOTO CREDIT: MINISTRY OF SUSTAINABILITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

 

New Udon Thai Food located at Golden Mile Complex were ordered to close for 10 days from May 7 to May 16. It had failed to ensure the one-metre safe distancing rule between different groups of diners on Apr 9. 

Composition fines issued to 20 other outlets

A total of 17 F&B outlets were fined $1000 each for breaching SMMs. Breaches included seating groups of customers less than a metre apart, not ensuring queueing customers were more than one metre apart, playing videos for customers, and providing dice games.

Another three outlets were fined $2000 each for repeated offences of seating groups of customers less than a metre apart, playing videos, providing games and poker cards, and providing a self-service buffet.

Enforcement against individuals breaching SMMs at parks and beaches

30 individuals were fined for gathering in groups of more than five on May 8 and May 9 in parks and beaches managed by the National Parks Board (NParks).

In line with the tightened SMMs to reduce the level of interactions in the community, all water play areas and water recreational facilities in NParks-managed parks and gardens will be closed from May 8 to May 30. 

Access to some parks and sections of beaches and facilities, such as shelters and car parks, will also be temporarily restricted when these areas get overcrowded, said authorities.

Ongoing investigations for abuse against safe distancing personnel at Lau Pa Sat

On May 8, Safe Distancing Enforcement Officers (SDEOs) and a Safe Distancing Ambassador (SDA) from the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) spotted a group of six diners sitting across two tables of three after entering Lau Pa Sat.

As social gatherings were limited to five people then, the group were warned for not complying with this measure. Two men from the group ended up using abusive language against the officers.

The police were called in for assistance and the case is currently under investigation.

On Friday, authorities announced that Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) measures will begin on May 16. Social gathering groups will decrease from five to two people, while dining-in will no longer be allowed. 

Each household will only be allowed two visitors per day, in order to prevent cases from increasing.


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