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Covid-19: Agencies to step up enforcement at F&B spots, parks and malls from May 1

SINGAPORE — With the increase in Covid-19 cases in migrant worker dormitories and in the community, government agencies will be stepping up enforcement checks at food-and-beverage (F&B) premises, parks, malls and other hot spots starting from the May 1 weekend.

A total of 57 individuals have been fined S$300 each for breaking safety rules, including a group of 13 people who booked several barbeque pits at East Coast Park.

A total of 57 individuals have been fined S$300 each for breaking safety rules, including a group of 13 people who booked several barbeque pits at East Coast Park.

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  • Expect more checks at F&B outlets, parks and malls from the weekend of May 1
  • The authorities reported a string of businesses that have violated safety rules in April or earlier
  • Ten F&B outlets have been ordered to close
  • Another five F&B outlets have been issued composition fines
  • A total of 57 people have been fined S$300 each for breaking safety rules in parks

 

SINGAPORE — With the increase in Covid-19 cases in migrant worker dormitories and in the community, government agencies will be stepping up enforcement checks at food-and-beverage (F&B) premises, parks, malls and other hot spots starting from the May 1 weekend.

The Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) said in a statement on Friday (April 30) that firm enforcement action will be taken against errant operators and individuals.

“This includes fines, suspension of operations even for first offences and prosecution for egregious breaches,” it added.

The ministry said that checks over the past weeks by government agencies have found various violations of Covid-19 safety regulations.

Ten F&B outlets have been ordered to close and another five have been issued composition fines.

A total of 57 individuals have also been fined S$300 each for breaking safety rules on April 10 and 11 in parks managed by the National Parks Board.

In one instance, a group of 13 people booked several barbeque pits at East Coast Park.

On April 18, a man was nabbed after behaving disorderly near a food centre.

A safe distancing ambassador and an auxiliary police officer had spotted the man walking around Maxwell Food Centre without his mask on and he was not eating or drinking.

After being told twice to put on his mask, the man, who appeared drunk, then shouted vulgarities at the enforcement agents and attacked the safe distancing ambassador. He continued to behave aggressively when police officers arrived.

He was arrested and is being investigated for disorderly behaviour, voluntarily causing hurt, using abusive language against a public servant and breaching Covid-19 laws, MSE said.

The ministry appealed to the public to remain vigilant to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

It added: “Our sustained efforts will help avoid a resurgence in cases, which could have a devastating impact on our lives and livelihoods, as can be seen in other countries.”

F&B PLACES ORDERED TO CLOSE

1. Hooha Restaurant & Cafe at 3 South Buona Vista Road

It allowed customers to consume alcohol after 10.30pm on March 26. Two television monitors were broadcasting music at the premises. As this was its second offence, the Singapore Food Agency ordered it to close for 20 days from April 2 to 21.

2. Victoria Entertainment Pub at 32 Mosque Street

It served alcohol to customers after 10.30pm on April 16. The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has ordered that it be closed for 20 days from April 17 to May 6.

It was previously fined S$1,000 for an offence under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020.

3. 2nd Round at 2A Stanley Street in the Central Business District

It failed to minimise physical interaction between workers and customers and ensure at least 1m safe distancing between seated customers.

It also provided games to customers on April 17 even though the law stipulates that F&B establishments cannot provide games during this pandemic.

It was ordered to close for 10 days from April 18 to 27 by STB.

4. Adam & Eve Japanese Karaoke Lounge at Cuppage Plaza

It allowed gatherings to exceed the permitted group size of five on Dec 8 last year during Phase Two of Singapore’s reopening. It was ordered to close for 10 days from April 21 to 30 by STB.

5. Cafe Mosaic at Carlton Hotel on Bras Basah Road

It allowed gatherings to exceed the permitted group size of eight on March 19 and had to close for 10 days from April 20 to 29.

6. Cafe de Paris at 313@Somerset mall

It allowed gatherings to exceed the permitted group size of eight on April 17 and had to close for 10 days from April 21 to 30.

7. Club Secret at Central Mall

It failed to ensure at least 1m safe distancing between groups of customers. It also allowed intermingling between such groups as well as gatherings of more than eight people on April 9.

It had to close for 10 days from April 14 to 23.

8. Dal-In 2 Korean Restaurant at 21 Amoy St

It allowed customers to drink alcohol after 10.30pm on April 16 and had to close for 10 days from April 17 to 26.

9. Eighty Two Bar at 82 Serangoon Garden Way

It allowed customers to drink alcohol after 10.30pm, play poker and sing karaoke on April 17. It was ordered to close for 10 days from April 22 to May 1 by the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

10. Filling Station Nightclub and Cafe at Orchard Towers

It failed to minimise physical interaction among employees and customers and to ensure at least 1m safe distancing between seated customers. It also allowed customers to dance on March 28.

It has to close for 20 days from March 29 to April 17.

F&B PLACES FINED

Five F&B outlets were fined S$1,000 each for breaking safety rules such as seating groups of customers less than 1m apart and failing to facilitate contact tracing for every customer entering the premises.

They were:

  • Big Appetite Food Court in Suntec City

  • Dee Care in Golden Mile Complex

  • Samayal by 6ixers at 49 Chander Road in Little India

  • Sweet House Eating Enterprise in Golden Mile Tower

  • Tunglok Seafood in Paya Lebar Quarter mall

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