SINGAPORE — Three pivoted nightlife establishments had their food licences permanently revoked, while 36 food-and-beverage (F&B) outlets were ordered to close since mid-September for breaches in COVID-19 safe management measures (SMMs) and vaccination differentiated SMMs (VDS).
Another 21 outlets were fined following checks on more than 600 premises and over 900 individuals, said the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) in a media release on Friday (8 October).
The three pivoted nightlife spots - Moung Sakhon and Prajin Karaoke at Golden Mile Complex, and Parklato Pte Ltd at Parklane Shopping Mall - were found operating with dine-in patrons when they had not been allowed to reopen.
Their operations were suspended in July after the emergence of a COVID-19 cluster linked to former KTV lounges and nightclubs, and they were required to pass inspections and receive a conditional permit before they can resume operations.
Four F&B outlets were found to have allowed individuals without a cleared vaccination status to enter or remain within their premises to consume food or drinks.
Luci's Kitchen at Lucky Plaza and New Shapla Restaurant at Desker Road were ordered to close for 10 days, while Purn Rao KTV & Pub (Golden Mile Complex) and Yong Xing Mei Wei (PLQ) were each fined $1,000.
Ann Siang Hill F&B outlet closed for 60 days for repeated offences
Another 34 F&B outlets were ordered to close for SMM breaches such as allowing customers to play card games in the premises, failing to ensure customers adhered to the permitted group size, and failing to ensure a safe distance of at least one metre between groups of customers:
While most outlets were ordered to close for 10 or 20 days, resto-bar Lu La at Ann Siang Hill has to close for 60 days from 21 September to 19 November as it was a repeat offender in failing to minimise physical interaction between staff and customers.
Another establishment, The Idle at Infinite Studios, will be prosecuted in court in addition to being ordered to close for 30 days from 8 October to 6 November.
It had allowed patrons to be seated in groups larger than the permitted group size and allowed hostessing activities on its premises. It also failed to ensure a safe distance of one metre between seated patrons, and is a repeat offender of SMM breaches.
Another 19 F&B outlets were issued composition fines for various SMM breaches on their premises.
These included gathering in groups larger than the permitted group size, playing music or video recordings, allowing singing, failing to ensure workers wore masks, failing to ensure contact tracing was done for employees, and failing to ensure a safe distance of at least one metre between seated customers.
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