Singaporean Charged For Attending 1-Hour Dinner Gathering, Says He Will Plead Guilty

Ever since ‘Circuit Breaker’ measures came into effect, many of us have been on our best behaviour. It has become commonplace to wear masks and stand apart from each other.

Especially with the $300 deterrent looming over our heads, adhering to safe distancing measures while in public has become second nature.

However, some of us might think that we can evade safe distancing officers by gathering indoors.

Heads up, you might want to avoid doing that as a man has been charged for attending a dinner gathering at a residence that is not his own.


Under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020, individuals are not allowed to meet others not living in the same place for any social purposes unless permitted.

38-year-old man attended social gathering before being charged

On 8 Apr, 38-year-old Singaporean citizen Soh Seng Chye Francis attended a dinner gathering at a flat. It was held at one Ms Lye Bao Ru’s residence at Block 82A Circuit Road, and involved 5 other members from her household.

Although the dinner lasted for only an hour, from 7pm-8pm, it was enough for the court to charge Soh, who intends to plead guilty.

If convicted, he faces a fine of up to $10,000, jail for up to 6 months, or both.

MOH intends to enforce Covid-19 regulations strictly

By now, it should be pretty obvious that the Ministry of Health (MOH) is taking Covid-19 regulations very seriously.

They said in a statement that they will not hesitate to take action against those who fail to comply with Covid-19 regulations.


Attending a 1-hour indoor gathering might not seem like a big deal, but it still goes against the rules.

And we really shouldn’t be surprised at the strict enforcement, given that fines are now issued without prior warning.

Adhere to measures & stay out of trouble

Hopefully, those that still make sneaky visits to other houses learn from this man’s mistakes.

While we miss each other and all, it’s better to avoid meeting up for now. When the pandemic subsides, we have all the chances to make up for lost time.

Let’s just be good citizens and follow the rules. The more we abide, the sooner they can be lifted.

Featured image adapted from Yahoo! News.