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Eight More Food and Beverage Premises Ordered to Close, 14 Outlets and 32 Individuals Issued Fines for Breaching Safe Management Measures

TOPICS: Covid-19

29 September 2020 – Eight more Food and Beverage (F&B) outlets have been ordered to close, while 14 outlets and 32 individuals have been issued fines for breaching Safe Management Measures (SMMs).

 

Details of Offences

 

2 Details of the offences at the eight F&B outlets and the orders for closure are below (photos at Annex):

 

a.   On 12 September, officers detected a group of eight individuals seated across two tables and intermingling at Brewerkz, 30 Merchant Road, Riverside Point, #01-07, at 8.45pm. The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) issued an order requiring the operator to close the premises for a period of 10 days from 25 September to 4 October 2020 (both dates inclusive).

 

b.   On 16 September, officers arrived at 10.45pm and observed patrons at two tables consuming alcohol at Siam Square Mookata Pte Ltd at 3 Punggol Point Road, #02-01, The Punggol Settlement. The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) issued an order requiring the operator to close the premises from 19 September for a period of 10 days until 28 September 2020 (both dates inclusive).

 

c.   On 16 September, officers found individuals at four tables consuming alcohol at 10.50pm at the outdoor refreshment area at 59 New Upper Changi Road, #01-1248. The alcoholic beverages were sold and served from a drinks stall at the coffeeshop. SFA issued an order requiring the operator of the drinks stall to close the premises from 19 September for a period of 10 days until 28 September 2020 (both dates inclusive).

 

d.   On 16 September, Ggang Tong, located at 60/62/64 Tanjong Pagar Road, was observed at 9.05pm to have admitted 12 patrons seated across two tables, with six seated at each table. The patrons were observed intermingling and sharing food with one another across tables. URA issued an order requiring the operator to close the premises for a period of 10 days from 25 September to 4 October 2020 (both dates inclusive).

 

e.   On 18 September, Chicken Up, located at 48/50 Tanjong Pagar Road, was observed to have admitted 10 patrons seated across two tables and intermingling at 9.15pmURA issued an order requiring the operator to close the premises for a period of 10 days from 26 September to 5 October 2020 (both dates inclusive).

 

f.   On 19 September, officers observed a patron consuming alcohol at 11.20pm at the outdoor refreshment area at J.Membina, Blk 26 Jalan Membina #01-01. SFA issued an order requiring the operator of the drinks stall at #01-01 to close the premises from 23 September for a period of 10 days until 2 October 2020 (both dates inclusive).

 

g.   On 25 September, officers observed individuals intermingling with different groups of patrons seated at different tables at Jamboree Bar & Café at Orchard Towers. The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) issued an order requiring the operator of Jamboree Bar & Café to close the premises from 26 September to 5 October (both dates inclusive).

 

h.   On 25 September, Café de Muse was observed to have groups of individuals queuing at the entrance without observing a safe distance of 1 metre. Officers also observed that temperature screening for patrons was not in place, and the seats between patrons were less than 1 metre apart. STB issued an order requiring the operator of Café de Muse to close the premises from 26 September to 5 October 2020 (both dates inclusive).

 

3 Another 14 F&B outlets have been fined for breaching SMMs, such as admitting and seating groups of more than five together, allowing groups to intermingle between tables, seating groups of customers less than 1 metre apart, and not ensuring that food handlers wear their masks properly. Thirteen of the outlets were fined $1,000 for breaching the measures and one outlet was fined $2,000 for repeat offences.

 

Additional Inspections of 240 F&B Outlets from 25 to 26 September 2020

 

4 From 25 to 26 September 2020, government agencies conducted additional inspections on 240 F&B outlets in known hotspots. Among these, 15 were found to have breached SMMs. The breaches involved groups of more than five seated together or intermingling between tables, seating groups of customers less than 1 metre apart and the serving and consumption of alcohol past 10.30pm (see examples of breaches in Annex). Agencies are reviewing these breaches and the appropriate enforcement actions to be taken, including temporary closure of the outlets and the issuance of fines.

 

Fines Issued to Individuals

 

5 A total of 32 individuals will also be fined $300 each for not observing SMMs at F&B outlets. These breaches involved gathering and sitting in groups of more than five, intermingling between tables and not putting on masks promptly after eating or drinking.

 

6 While the majority of patrons observe SMMs, there remains a minority which continue to breach them. The Government will continue to step up enforcement checks at F&B outlets around Singapore to ensure that they remain safe spaces for all. We also urge patrons to be socially responsible and observe the SMMs. Agencies will not hesitate to take enforcement actions against both patrons and premises that do not comply with SMMs.

 

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 Annex

 

On 12 September 2020, eight individuals were found seated across two tables inside Brewerkz at 30 Merchant Road and intermingling at 8.45pm. 

 (Photo credit: Urban Redevelopment Authority)




On 16 September 2020, customers at two tables were found consuming alcohol at Siam Square Mookata Pte Ltd at The Punggol Settlement at 10.45pm. 


(Photo credit: Singapore Food Agency)




On 16 September 2020, customers at four tables were found consuming alcohol at the outdoor refreshment area at 59 New Upper Changi Road at 10.50pm. 


(Photo credit: Singapore Food Agency)




On 16 September 2020, 12 individuals were found seated across two tables at Ggang Tong, 62/64 Tanjong Pagar Road at 9.05pm.

(Photo credit: Urban Redevelopment Authority)




An individual was observed to be consuming alcohol at 11.20pm at the outdoor refreshment area at a coffeeshop at Blk 26 Jalan Membina. 

(Photo credit: Singapore Food Agency)




On 25 September 2020, two patrons were fined $300 each for not wearing their masks when talking to each other at an F&B outlet in Orchard at 2.50am, even though they had completed their meal and their table had been cleared.

(Photo credit: Singapore Tourism Board)




On 25 September, Café de Muse at Shaw House was ordered to close for failing to take the temperature of customers entering its premises, and for failing to ensure safe distancing between customers.

(Photo credit: Singapore Tourism Board)




On 25 September, a number of individuals were found intermingling with different groups of patrons seated at different tables at Jamboree Bar & Café at Orchard Towers.

  

(Photo credit: Singapore Tourism Board)




On 26 September 2020, a group of seven patrons were found seated at a table at a Duxton Hill restaurant at 8.40pm. 

(Photo credit: Urban Redevelopment Authority)





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