Three former nightlife operators lose F&B licences for breaching Covid-19 rules

Janice Heng
Published Thu, Jul 15, 2021 · 09:48 PM

THREE former nightlife operators which pivoted to food-and-beverage services have had their F&B licences revoked for breaching Covid-19 rules, the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) said on Thursday night.

This is the first time that F&B outlets have had their licences revoked for breaching safe-management measures since the penalty framework was enhanced in May, said the MSE in a statement.

The three outlets, caught for multiple breaches, were ordered shut with immediate effect on Thursday.

Peony Garden Food House, also known as Club Diamond, failed to minimise physical interaction between its employees and customers, and allowed a group larger than two persons to eat and drink together in a private room. It had previously been ordered to close for 10 days from July 3 to 12.

3 Kings Pub in Lucky Plaza failed to ensure safe-distancing of at least one metre between groups of customers, allowed groups larger than two persons to eat and drink together at the same table, and played music. It had also previously been ordered to close from July 3 to 12.

DMAX in Golden Mile Tower failed to minimise physical interaction between its staff and customers, allowed groups of more than two persons to sit together, allowed music to be played, and provided forms of entertainment, such as playing cards.

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These outlets are not among the former nightlife operators that have been named in the growing KTV lounge cluster of Covid-19 cases.

Nightlife establishments have been allowed to pivot temporarily to F&B since October 2020. "Unfortunately, a number of establishments continue to operate nightlife activities which are currently prohibited, including employing hostesses or permitting freelance hostesses to serve and drink with multiple groups of customers," said the MSE.

Common breaches committed by these former nightlife operators include failing to prevent large groups of patrons from intermingling, and allowing live entertainment such as singing and dancing, and games such as dice and billiards.

Another 11 F&B outlets and 31 individuals were fined for breaching safe management measures, said the MSE in its statement.

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