COVID-19: 28 to be charged for attending gatherings at Compassvale Crescent, Beo Crescent

Staff Writer, Singapore
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The alleged offences were committed when groups gathered at a couple's home at Compassvale Crescent and at a fitness corner near Block 42 Beo Crescent. (PHOTOS: Google Streetview screengrabs)
The alleged offences were committed when groups gathered at a couple's home at Compassvale Crescent and at a fitness corner near Block 42 Beo Crescent. (PHOTOS: Google Streetview screengrabs)

SINGAPORE — Twenty-eight people will be charged between Wednesday (22 July) and Friday for not complying with safe-distancing measures while attending separate social gatherings at Compassvale Crescent and Beo Crescent, said the police in separate news releases on Tuesday.

In the Compassvale Crescent case, 16 people visited the home of a couple between 9.30pm on 8 May and 1am on 9 May. The suspects comprise 17 Singaporeans and one permanent resident, all aged between 19 and 37.

The authorities had imposed a nationwide circuit breaker period from 7 April to 1 June with various safe-distancing measures in place including a ban on family and social gatherings between individuals living in different residences.

The 16 visitors will be charged for leaving their residences without a valid reason and for violating regulations on social gatherings, while the couple will be charged for breaching the social gathering regulations and permitting others to visit their home without a valid reason.

In the second case, five men and five women – all aged between 19 and 33 – will be charged for violating social-distancing measures while attending a gathering at a fitness corner near Block 42 Beo Crescent.

They will also be charged for consuming liquor at a public place during the prescribed no-public-drinking hours.

Police said they responded to a noise pollution complaint at Block 42 Beo Crescent at about 12.50am on 28 June. Officers found a group of 13 people gathering at a fitness corner near the block, with portable tables and chairs set up. Bottles of liquor were also found at the scene.

Of the remaining three individuals, the police have administered a 12-month conditional warning at a 14-year-old male. The other two will be dealt with separately for breaching COVID-19 regulations as they are “also currently being investigated for other unrelated offences”, said the police.

In both cases, the alleged offences come under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020.

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