12 people to be charged over breaching safe distancing measures at Lazarus Island

The group had allegedly visited the island on Aug 8, 2020.
The group had allegedly visited the island on Aug 8, 2020.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Twelve individuals will be charged in court on Friday (Oct 2) over breaching safe distancing measures when they visited Lazarus Island in August.

They face charges for contravening the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020.

The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) said on Thursday (Oct 1) that the group had allegedly visited the island on Aug 8.

They are said to have flouted the "rule of five", by gathering with more than four other people who were not staying in the same place of residence as them.

Under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act, first-time offenders may be fined up to $10,000, jailed for up to six months, or both.

Subsequent offenders may be fined up to $20,000, jailed for up to 12 months, or both.

Individuals have been fined before under the Act.

The Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) had said on Tuesday (Sept 29) that 32 diners would be fined $300 each for flouting Covid-19 rules. 

Some of the committed offences included not wearing masks promptly after eating or drinking, intermingling between tables, and sitting in groups of more than five diners.

Seventeen people were also fined on Sept 9 after they had breached the five-person rule at various F&B outlets.