Action against hostel flouting Covid-19 rules

The suspension is one of the toughest penalties to date for a breach of safe management measures.
The suspension is one of the toughest penalties to date for a breach of safe management measures.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

A hostel along Bencoolen Street has been ordered to suspend operations for 30 days after it was caught flouting Covid-19 safe management measures.

The Singapore Tourism Board ordered Hawaii Hostel to suspend operations from Oct 11 to Nov 9 after investigations showed it had permitted over 260 guests to check in for leisure purposes since Sept 17.

The suspension is one of the toughest penalties to date for a breach of safe management measures and the board reminded hostel operators that "leisure bookings are currently not permitted". It urged them to comply with all the measures "to safeguard the health and well-being of our people".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2020, with the headline 'Action against hostel flouting Covid-19 rules'. Print Edition | Subscribe