SINGAPORE TO LIFT RESTRICTION ON SERVING ALCOHOL FROM NEXT WEEK
By Susan Lewis
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Singapore will lift the ban on sale and consumption of alcohol at restaurants and bars after 10:30pm from next Tuesday 29 March.
Singapore’s Minister for Finance and co-chair of the Multi-Ministry Taskforce, Lawrence Wong, announced today that allowable group size of social gathering will be increased from 5 to 10 people.
However, nightlife venues like pubs, karaoke and nightclubs will stay closed for now, the government will provide an update on the reopening of the nightlife sector in the coming weeks.
The following activities will also be allowed to resume from next Tuesday:
• Live performances at all venues, including in restaurants and bars
• The screening of live broadcast programmes at such establishments
• Outdoor live performances and busking
• Large-scale social gatherings and events such as gala dinners, corporate events, birthday and anniversary celebrations
Large-scale gatherings will need to comply with safe management measures, such as not having more than 10 people per table and maintaining safe distance of one metre.
All participants will be encouraged to "exercise prudence and self-restraint" and to limit their interactions to the group they are seated with, Wong said
As for other nightlife activities such as bars, pubs, karaoke establishments and nightclubs, Wong said that the government is still looking into the resumption of activities in these areas.
"These are activities with higher risk of transmission, and it is also generally more difficult to comply with the prevailing (safe management measures) in these settings," Wong said.
He said the government will provide an update on the reopening of the nightlife sector in the coming weeks.
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