SINGAPORE — Four food and beverages (F&B) outlets have been ordered to close for breaching safe management measures (SMMs) during the Chinese New Year period.
In a media release on Wednesday (24 February), the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) said that another 13 F&B outlets were fined, as were 234 individuals who breached SMMs at parks and beaches.
The four outlets ordered for closure committed these offences:
Club One Min (Concorde Shopping Mall, #02-100): The outlet was found to have allowed gatherings of more than eight individuals, and provided hostesses who intermingled with patrons on 19 February. The Singapore Tourism Board has issued an order requiring the operator to close for 20 days from 20 February to 11 March. This is the outlet’s second offence, having been previously ordered to close for 10 days from 20 to 29 December for allowing groups of more than eight individuals. Investigations are ongoing.
Food Park Coffeeshop – Stall 8 (69 Bedok South Avenue 3): The outlet was found to have allowed diners to consume alcohol after 10.30pm on 14 February. The Singapore Food Agency has issued an order requiring the operator to close the stall for 10 days from 19 to 28 February.
Jin Jin Eating House (496 North Bridge Road): The outlet was found to have allowed diners to consume alcohol after 10.30pm on 19 February. The Urban Redevelopment Authority has issued an order requiring the operator to close the outlet for 10 days from 23 February to 4 March.
200 HCM Food (200 Joo Chiat Road): The outlet was found to have allowed diners to consume alcohol after 10.30pm on 20 February. URA has issued an order requiring the operator to close the outlet for 10 days from 23 February to 4 March.
Another 13 F&B outlets were fined $1,000 each for breaches that involved seating groups of diners less than 1 metre apart, and for failing to prevent intermingling between groups of customers.
The outlets are: Yayoi Japanese Teishoku Restaurant (Waterway Point), Kuriya Japanese Market (Waterway Point), Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh (Waterway Point), Shi Li Fang (Orchard Central), Foresta Restaurant (The Grandstand), Steak Me Restaurant (248 Jalan Kayu), Kopi Breweries (907 Jurong West Street 91), Donpachi Sake Bar (Cuppage Plaza), Lluvia (145 Telok Ayer Street), Three’s A Crowd Cafe, (50 Race Course Road), Basil Thai Kitchen (Paragon), East Ocean Teochew Restaurant (Ngee Ann City), Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck (Paragon).
Gathering in groups of more than 8 at parks and beaches
A total of 234 individuals were fined $300 each for breaching SMMs on 13, 14, 20 and 21 February in parks and beaches managed by the National Parks Board (NParks).
These breaches included gathering in groups of more than eight people and intermingling between groups. In Changi Beach Park alone, 76 individuals were fined, including 20 who were caught gathering in one group.
MSE said in the media release that, despite the Chinese New Year period coming to an end, the limit of eight unique visitors a day for each household remains in place. Individuals should also limit themselves to visiting at most two other households per day.
For the tossing of yusheng, masks must be worn and the lo hei should be done without any verbal exhortations. Multiple table bookings at F&B premises for groups larger than eight persons are strictly prohibited, unless the diners are from the same household. Intermingling across different tables is not allowed.
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