Licences of 3 pivoted nightlife places revoked for breaching COVID rules

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The Charm at at Fook Hai Building (top), Icon II at Parklane Shopping Mall (bottom left), and Frederico's Paddles Too Pub & Cafeteria at The Odeon Katong (bottom right) – (PHOTOS: Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment)
The Charm at at Fook Hai Building (top), Icon II at Parklane Shopping Mall (bottom left), and Frederico's Paddles Too Pub & Cafeteria at The Odeon Katong (bottom right) – (PHOTOS: Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment)

SINGAPORE — The licences of three former nightlife establishments which pivoted to food and beverage (F&B) operations have had their food licences permanently revoked for breaching safe management measures (SMMs).

The Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment said in a statement on Friday (23 July) that these establishments, whose licenses were revoked by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), must cease operations with immediate effect.

Two of them – The Charm at Fook Hai Building in South Bridge Road and Icon II at Parklane Shopping Mall in Selegie Road – had committed multiple breaches detected before the mandatory two-week suspension of operations from 16 to 30 July. These included allowing the playing of games within their premises, failing to minimise interaction between staff and customers, and providing hostessing services.

The third – Frederico's Paddles Too Pub & Cafeteria at The Odeon Katong in East Coast Road – was found to be operating during the mandatory two-week suspension period.

Separately, 18 F&B premises were ordered to close for breaches such as multiple failures to ensure patrons across tables were seated at least one metre apart, allowing groups that exceeded the permitted group size, allowing live singing, dancing, music and games to be played within their premises, as well as failing to ensure proper TraceTogether procedures. 

These premises are Club Secret (Magazine Road), Bollywood Beats (Circular Road), Kaayaloram (Boat Quay), The Penny Black (Boat Quay), Shebang (Circular Road), Tanjong Hwaro (Tanjong Pagar Road), H.O.M (Cuppage Road), Ohms Garden ( Chander Road), Millionaire Club (Orchard Towers), KFC (Far East Plaza), East Ocean Teochew Restaurant (Ngee Ann City), Kopitiam (Compass One), Kopitiam (Tampines Mall), MeiShi MeiKe by Kopitiam (Hougang Mall), Cantine (Paya Lebar Square), Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef Noodles (Jurong Point Shopping Centre), Teck Seng Restaurant (Geylang Road), and BBQ People (Geylang Road).

Four premises were fined between $1,000 and $2,000 each for breaching SMMs. Breaches included failure to ensure at least one-metre safe distancing between seated customers. They are Express Tandoor (Boat Quay), Cold Play Bar & Bistro (Concorde Hotel and Shopping Mall), PCI Global (Peninsula Plaza), Xiang Fei (Parklane Shopping Mall)

Eight individuals were fined $300 each for gathering in groups larger than the permitted group size while dining at various F&B outlets.

A total of 79 individuals were fined for breaching SMMs from 17 to 20 July in parks and beaches managed by the National Parks Board (NParks). These breaches included not wearing masks when not engaging in strenuous exercises, and gathering in groups larger than the permitted limit. For example, NParks will be taking enforcement action against a group of 15 individuals who were caught gathering at Changi Beach Park. 

In addition, more than 1,500 advisories were issued to individuals for not wearing masks or for gathering in groups larger than the permitted limit.

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