In a statement on Wednesday (25 March), the authorities have reminded entertainment outlet operators to strictly adhere to safe distancing measures announced by the Government if they intend to hold “farewell” events on Wednesday and Thursday.
They said that they are aware that a number of nightlife operators are planning to host farewell events that will bring in large crowds of people prior to the closure of nearly a month starting Thursday at 11.59pm.
“From now until the stricter measures kick in on 26 March 2020, 2359 hours, nightlife operators must continue to strictly implement safe distancing measures announced by the Ministry of Health on 20 March 2020,” said the Singapore Tourism Board, Enterprise Singapore, and Singapore Police Force in a joint statement.
It added, “Events with 250 or more participants must be suspended, while operators of events with fewer than 250 participants must implement all necessary precautionary measures, including ensuring a distance of at least a metre between all participants and reduce mingling amongst participants.”
On Tuesday (24 March), the Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced that all bars and entertainment venues like night clubs, discos, cinemas, theatres, and karaoke outlets – where there is a high risk of transmission due to sustained close contact over a period of time – will be closed.
This is part of its stricter measures implemented to curb the spreading of COVID-19. Other measures include limiting gatherings outside of work and school to 10 persons or fewer, and ensure that physical distancing of at least one metre can be achieved in settings where interactions are non-transient.
These measures will take effect from 26 March 2020, 2359 hours, and are expected to be in place until 30 April 2020, but this may be extended if the situation does not improve.
In the statement, the authorities warned the nightlife operators that police officers will be on the grounds for the next two days to carry their enforcement action.
“These safe distancing measures are enforceable. Officers from government agencies including the Singapore Police Force will be on the ground to monitor the situation and carry out enforcement action over the next two days,” the authorities said.
They added, “The Traffic Police will also be conducting island-wide enforcement operations against drink-driving during this period. We will not hesitate to take action against anyone who fails to comply.”
Additionally, they also requested people to be socially responsible and practice good judgement in order to keep everyone around them safe amid the COVID-19 crisis.
“During this time, we appeal to Singaporeans to exercise good judgement and social responsibility. This will play an important part in keeping fellow Singaporeans and our loved ones safe in the midst of this global pandemic,” they concluded.
As of Tuesday, there are 558 confirmed cases of the deadly COVID-19 in Singapore, with 17 of them in critical condition.
Two have lost their lives and 155 people have recovered.