URA Clarifies Takeaway Alcohol Sale Is Banned Along Robertson Quay, Effective Immediately
Update (17 May, 3.51pm): TAP Craft Beer Bar has confirmed that they’ll be allowed to do deliveries from their Robertson Quay outlet, but takeaways won’t be allowed.
Just a day after crowds were spotted gathering along Robertson Quay, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) has clarified that the sale of alcohol for takeaways along that stretch is now banned, effective immediately.
Here’s TAP’s statement in full on Facebook, posted on 17 May. We summarise the new regulations below.
Sale of takeaway alcohol banned at Robertson Quay, effective immediately
The sale of alcoholic drinks for takeaways is now banned at Robertson Quay, with the new rules applying to all F&B establishments in the area.
However, patrons will be allowed to order alcohol via delivery services, clarified URA. Previously, it was announced that all sales were banned.
The restrictions affect “every outlet along the stretch”, shared TAP.
TAP Craft Bar posted this notice in a Facebook post on 17 May, sharing that their Raffles City and One Raffles Link outlets are open.
Meanwhile, the Robertson Quay outlet can do deliveries but not takeaways. This was confirmed by the authorities to the TAP owners.
The reason for the new restrictions would plausibly be because of the “extraordinary” behaviour of people who had been spotted gathering in the vicinity on 16 May.
Crowds gathered at Robertson Quay area, spotted by netizen
On Saturday (16 May), a concerned netizen uploaded pictures of people gathered at the Robertson Quay area and Alexandra Park Connector (PCN).
Some residents were pictured in sports attire, presumably exercising, while others appeared to be sitting on the steps, without masking up properly.
Local craft bar TAP’s ‘Buy-3-Get-1-Free’ beer promo had also been captured in the pictures.
But the brand quickly sought to clarify that the incident had not occurred directly on their premises. You can read their full response here.
Swift action by the authorities
We’re glad that swift action has been taken by the authorities to ensure that Circuit Breaker measures are adhered to.
Hopefully, we can minimise the need to gather in large groups outside any other F&B or necessary service establishments.
A ban or increased restriction acts as a cautionary measure, but we can help do our parts by ensuring that businesses are allowed to operate by following the proper protocol.