SINGAPORE – Two food and beverage establishments have been ordered to close after failing to secure management measures.
Steamovat Steamboat Buffet Restaurant on Beach Road will remain closed for 30 days and the Starz Bistro on East Coast Road for 10 days, the Ministry of Sustainability and Environment (MSE) said on Friday (June 11).
Meanwhile, 77 people have been fined for breaching safe management measures (SMM) in parks under the strict Covid-19 rules that went into effect on May 16th.
Two outlets: the giant supermarket in the Bedok shopping complex and the refrigerated supermarket in the Siglap V condominium near East Coast Road have been fined $ 1,000 each for not having staff to monitor their check-in points. safe.
With the forecast to resume food from June 21, government agencies will intensify enforcement of F&B establishments and take firm action against any breach of Covid-19 standards, the MSE said.
These breaches include not maintaining a safety distance of 1 meter between groups and preventing them from interfering, allowing group sizes of more than five people, serving and allowing alcohol consumption after 10:30 p.m., and providing live entertainment and games.
“Enforcement actions will include fines, foreclosures even for first offense and revocation of licenses for grocery, public entertainment or liquor stores,” the ministry said.
He reminded patrons and operators of F&B establishments to strictly adhere to safe management measures, as these places are high-risk scenarios where coronavirus transmission has occurred in recent weeks.
MSE also said the National Parks Board will continue to temporarily close access to some parks and sections of beaches, lawns and facilities, such as protective tracks, shelters and parking lots, when these areas are too crowded or where people are not. comply with safe management measures. .
NParks has advised compliance with safe management measures in more than 6,000 cases to park visitors who were not wearing masks and, on more than 800 occasions, to people who had gathered in groups of more than two, the ministry added. . These were given verbally by police officers.
The latest offense is the third offense of the Steamovat Steamboat Buffet. He had allowed customers to dine there at 9.30pm on 28 May.
The Starz Bistro had done so on May 22 and also allowed customers to consume alcohol from 10:30 p.m. that same day.
MSE said closing orders for both restaurants will take effect when food can be resumed.
He said agencies have identified places where safe management measures are most frequently violated and have stepped up their presence in their enforcement.
These hot spots include parks and common areas of Housing estates such as disco courts, basketball courts and pavilions.
“When repeated breaches of SMM have been observed, the agencies will close the facilities to ensure the safety of the community,” the ministry added.
For example, a pavilion on block 90 Pipit Road was cordoned off on May 31 after a group of more than 12 people gathered there to do dance sessions on several occasions.
“We therefore urge citizens to use these facilities responsibly,” MSE said.