14 entertainment and nightlife outlets found to have breached rules, 2 given closure orders

A total of 23 people at the outlets have been issued with composition fines for not complying with safe management measures. PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

SINGAPORE - Fourteen entertainment and nightlife outlets were found to have breached a raft of rules during enforcement checks on 406 public entertainment outlets between April 19 and 26.

The police said in a statement on Friday (April 29) that two of the outlets have been issued with closure orders for breach of safe management measures, and are also liable for composition fines or prosecution for non-compliance. 

One of the two outlets is located along Middle Road. The operator was allegedly found to have operated a bar, despite being granted permission to operate only as a restaurant. He also purportedly supplied liquor outside of the licensed premises.

For this, and for failing to implement a system of checks to verify a customer’s vaccination status before permitting entry, the outlet has been served with a 30-day closure order and is liable for prosecution.

A total of 23 people have been issued composition fines for non-compliance with safe management measures. These include failing to implement a system of checks to verify a customer’s vaccination status before permitting entry and failing to minimise physical interactions between customers and staff.

The authorities are also investigating 27 people, comprising operators, staff and patrons of these establishments, for various offences, which allegedly includes providing public entertainment without a valid licence under the Public Entertainments Act.

The checks were conducted by the police, together with the Singapore Tourism Board, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Enterprise Singapore, Singapore Food Agency, Singapore Land Authority and Sentosa Development Corporation.

They were part of efforts to ensure a safe resumption of nightlife businesses in Singapore, the statement said.

The offences of supplying liquor without a valid licence and providing public entertainment without a valid licence each carry a fine of up to $20,000, while the offence of supplying liquor outside of licensed premises carries a fine not exceeding $10,000.

For non-compliance with safe distancing measures, those found guilty may be jailed for up to six months, fined up to $10,000, or both

Two outlets have been issued with closure orders for breach of safe management measures. PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
Public entertainment outlets were checked islandwide. PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
Public entertainment outlets were checked islandwide. PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

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