Groups Larger Than 5 Will See Fine, Including Customers At F&B Places

As Phase 2 reaches its 4th month and Covid-19 cases go down, some are ignoring the rule against groups of larger than 5, and authorities will fine them.

Authorities said today (22 Sep) they’ve ordered shut 3 more F&B places for breaching safe management measures, and fined another 4 places.

2 places accepted groups of larger than 5, even though they were seated apart. In 1 case, the group also mingled between tables.

The other place allowed people to consume alcohol after 10.30pm on their premises.

17 people were already fined as of 9 Sep for breaking rules. Don’t be one of them.

2 F&B places let in groups larger than 5

The 3 places are located at:

  • 25 Church Street
  • 39 Hong Kong Street
  • Blk 261 Serangoon Central Drive, #01-27

The former 2 were both found allowing groups larger than 5.

On Saturday (12 Sep), enforcement officers from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) found 15 people seated across 4 tables in a restaurant at 39 Hong Kong Street.

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It was a private dinner event and the group was intermingling.

As such, URA ordered the restaurant to close from 18-27 Sep.

Meanwhile, the Beer Factory was found letting in 3 groups, containing more than 5 people each, on 12 Sep as well.

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They were also ordered shut from 18-27 Sep.

People drinking alcohol after 10.30pm at F&B stall

Finally, at Serangoon Central Drive, officers found people drinking alcohol at 10.55pm on Saturday (19 Sep).

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The Singapore Food Agency ordered the drinks stall where they got the alcohol from, to close from 22 Sep-1 Oct.

You can’t drink alcohol at restaurants and other places after 10.30pm. Do that at home.

Another 4 F&B places were fined $1,000 for various breaches.

The punishments were meted out following a review of the breaches, as a follow-up to their statement on 16 Sep.

Authorities will fine customers in groups above 5

Authorities stepped up spot checks following revelations of places breaching measures.

Between 18-20 Sep, they visited 323 F&B places, and 18 of them had broken the rules. This isn’t a bad ratio, although having even 1 breach is probably too many.

The cases are now under review and their punishments will be meted out in due course.

Customers in groups larger than 5 will be fined, even if they’re sitting separately. Only those living in the same household are exempt.

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The 1st offence is a $300 fine, while further offences are $1,000 and you may have to go to court.

This is on top of the punishments given to F&B places for allowing these groups to dine there.

Don’t test the system

In the army, there’s a popular saying — don’t test the system.

This means to knowingly do things which aren’t permitted. Seating in groups larger than 5 is exactly that, and you’re putting F&B places at risk too.

People definitely know they’re breaching measures, but do so anyway. It doesn’t pay to get fined $300 or more, and these measures are for safety purposes.

We all have to do our part to curb the spread of Covid-19.

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Featured image adapted from MSE.