26 public places cleaned after visits by TTSH Covid-19 cluster patients

Officers from NEA were deployed to monitor the cleaning and disinfection works.
Officers from NEA were deployed to monitor the cleaning and disinfection works. PHOTO: PEXELS

SINGAPORE - A total of 26 public places visited by Covid-19 patients linked to the Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) cluster have undergone deep cleaning and disinfection.

These included locations such as Kopitiam foodcourt at TTSH, Masjid Hajjah Fatimah in the Kampong Glam area, City Harvest Church in Jurong West and NTUC Fairprice in Toa Payoh Hub.

The National Environment Agency deployed officers to monitor the cleaning and disinfection works and ensure they were done according to its guidelines, the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) said in a statement on Tuesday (May 4).

The ministry also said four food and beverage (F&B) outlets had been ordered to close following stepped-up enforcement checks by the authorities over the weekend.

These are Club Peaches in Concorde Shopping Mall, Alive @ SG Pub in Lucky Plaza, Tangmen Restaurant at Orchard Plaza and Club Empire at 150 Orchard Road. 

All the establishments except Club Empire are repeat offenders. This is the second time that the three repeat offenders have had to close.

Club Peaches has been ordered to shut for 30 days. It was previously ordered to close for 20 days in February. 

All four establishments were caught breaching various safe management measures (SMM). 

Alive @ SG Pub was found allowing customers to play dice games on April 30.  Current Covid-19 rules bar F&B establishments from providing games. 

Tangmen Restaurant had served alcohol to customers after 10.30pm, while Club Peaches allowed gatherings of more than eight customers. 

Club Empire was fined for allowing intermingling between groups of customers. 

In addition, 11 individuals were fined over the weekend for breaching measures at F&B outlets. Nine of them committed their offences at Club Peaches, and were fined $300 each.

The remaining two were fined $300 each for not wearing a mask at Tekka Centre despite multiple warnings from enforcement officers.


Club Peaches was found to have engaged hostesses, who intermingled with different groups of patrons across multiple tables on Feb 26, 2021. PHOTO: SINGAPORE TOURISM BOARD

The ministry's statement on Tuesday said another 10 F&B outlets were fined for breaching safe management measures, while 63 people were fined for breaching such measures at parks and beaches.

Of the 10 outlets, eight were fined $1,000 for breaching SMMs while two were fined $2,000 for the repeated offence of seating groups of customers less than one metre apart. 

"The fight against Covid-19 will be a long-drawn and difficult one," said the ministry.

It added that the resurgent waves of infection in many countries were sobering reminders of the potentially devastating threat posed by the pandemic.

"We seek everyone's cooperation to remain socially responsible and unwavering in our fight against Covid-19," it said.