SINGAPORE ALLOWS 3 BARS TO REOPEN IN A NIGHTLIFE REOPENING PILOT SCHEME
By Siulan Law Mathews DipWSET
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Three bars and pubs are allowed to reopen for two months from yesterday in a carefully choreographed pilot scheme to allow for Singapore's nightlife industry to reopen.
The Singapore government announced yesterday that Bell Bar at Cuppage Plaza, Bar Kiharu at Orchard Plaza and Skinny’s Lounge at Boat Quay are the first outlets allowed to be reopened in the pilot scheme.
Bell Bar subsequently reopened last night and will do so between 6:30 to 10:30pm in the coming two months.
Bar Kiharu will reopen today from 6:30 to 10:30pm, while Skinny's Lounge will also open for business today from 4 to 10pm.
This is the first time since April this year that Singapore’s bars and pubs are allowed to open.
The government ministries responsible for the pilot scheme said these three pubs were selected after a “careful review” of the six nominations received, including assessing the operators’ readiness and capability to comply with the prescribed COVID-19 safety measures.
“The pilots aim to establish the viability and robustness of the stringent safe management measures and the ability of the nightlife industry to comply with them, before the government considers allowing any further steps in the resumption of nightlife businesses,” the government ministries said in a press release.
“During the pilot, enforcement agencies will monitor the compliance by these outlets and their customers’ with the safe management measures.”
“In the event of breaches, enforcement actions will be taken under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020, and the participating operator may be removed from the pilot.”
“The operator may also be liable for a fine of up to SGD10,000 (USD7490) or imprisonment for a term of up to six months or to both.”
The ministries added that the pilots for karaoke outlets and nightclubs are expected to start next month.
Interested outlets have to submit proposals to the Singapore Nightlife Business Association or the Singapore River One Association on how they intend to reopen safely, including their plans to implement the required COVID-19 safety measures.
The two nightlife business associations will then put forward nominated outlets to the government for approval to participate in the pilot scheme.
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