30 Singapore businesses told to cease operations, 5 fines issued for flouting safe distancing measures

Jollibee (next to Causeway Point) fined SGD 1,000 for not observing safe distancing measures. Photo courtesy: enterprisesg.gov.sg
Jollibee (next to Causeway Point) fined SGD 1,000 for not observing safe distancing measures. Photo courtesy: enterprisesg.gov.sg

30 businesses were instructed to cease operations by Enterprise Singapore (ESG) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) after enforcement checks over the long weekend (April 10 to 12). Additionally, five composition fines were issued on three establishments and two delivery personnel for flouting safe distancing measures.

The 30 businesses, which were instructed to cease operations, comprised businesses that had remained open despite providing non-essential services, said a statement by ESG and STB. 

Composition fines of SGD 1,000 each were issued to Putien (127 Kitchener Road), Komala’s Vege Mart Pte Ltd (125 Dunlop Street) and Jollibee (next to Causeway Point), for failing to enforce proper safe distancing measures despite earlier warnings. 

Komala’s Vege Mart Pte Ltd (125 Dunlop Street) fined SGD 1,000 for not observing safe distancing measures. Photo courtesy: enterprisesg.gov.sg
Komala’s Vege Mart Pte Ltd (125 Dunlop Street) fined SGD 1,000 for not observing safe distancing measures. Photo courtesy: enterprisesg.gov.sg

The infringements included failure to implement crowd management system and allowing customers and delivery personnel to crowd together without 1-metre spacing between one another, said the statement. 

ESG also imposed composition fines of SGD 300 each on two food delivery personnel for non-compliance of safe distancing measures. 

The statement also said that ESG and STB will no longer issue warnings to businesses and that those failing to comply with the elevated safe distancing measures will face immediate penalties, such as composition fines. 

If safe distancing measures are not adhered to during the food pick-up and delivery process, action may be taken against the delivery personnel, the delivery platforms, and F&B establishments, added the statement. Action can also be taken against delivery personnel who fail to observe safe distancing measures while waiting around.

ESG and STB also said that their enforcement officers have reported encountering uncooperative customers who refuse to put on their masks before entering supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies and malls, including some who even turned aggressive when told to do so, berating Safe Distancing Ambassadors and threatening to cough or sneeze on the officers. 

ESG and STB have said that such cases will be reported to the Police for further actions in future.

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