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8 F&B outlets ordered to close for breaching safe management measures, one allowed group of 10 to sit together

26 F&B outlets and 51 individuals were also fined for flouting safe management measures by the authorities.

Phoon Jia Hui
Phoon Jia Hui

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Published: 8 January 2021, 11:06 AM

Eight F&B outlets were ordered to close temporarily for breaching safe management measures, said the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) in a statement on Wednesday (Jan 6). 

One of the outlets, Meltz Resto-Bar at Race Course Road was found to have allowed a group of 10 people to sit together on Dec 31, 2020 at 9.25pm, said MSE. The outlet also failed to conduct temperature screening and implement SafeEntry for its patrons.

On the same evening, the Club V5 Tycoon in Ming Arcade at Cuscaden Road allowed customers to consume alcohol at 11.15pm, which was past the cut-off time for alcohol consumption of 10.30pm.

Both outlets were subsequently ordered to close for 10 days from Jan 1 by the Singapore Tourism Board.  

The breaches were uncovered during stepped-up enforcement checks over the festive period, MSE said. 

 

Patrons at Club V5 Tycoon at Cuscaden Road were observed to be consuming alcoholic beverages at 11.15pm, past the 10.30pm cut-off time for alcohol consumption. PHOTO CREDIT: SINGAPORE TOURISM BOARD

 

For breaching safe management measures, three other F&B outlets were fined $1,000 each too. They are Club Lux at Orchard Plaza, Epiphyte at 47 Neil Road and The Connoisseur Concerto at International Building. 

 These outlets had committed offences such as seating groups of patrons less than one metre apart, failing to ensure a one-metre distance between customers in a queue and providing games to patrons despite not being an amusement centre. 

Additionally, 15 individuals were fined $300 each for gathering and sitting in groups larger than the permitted group size of five in phase two and eight in phase three at F&B outlets.

MSE added in its statement that there is still local transmission of COVID-19 in the community, even as Singapore has progressed to phase three of its reopening. 

It also urged everyone to remain socially responsible by keeping group sizes small and to always wear a mask at F&B premises unless drinking or eating.

“The Government will not hesitate to take strong enforcement action against errant operators and individuals who breach safe management measures,” MSE warned. 

On Dec 22, 2020, five F&B outlets were ordered to close for breaching safe management measures, including one that served alcohol in green tea bottles after 10.30pm.


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