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Over 100 arrested during islandwide checks on 1,500 entertainment outlets in Singapore

CNA – A total of 103 people were arrested following islandwide checks on 1,543 public entertainment and nightlife outlets, the police said yesterday.

The enforcement operations were conducted between April 19 and June 14 as part of ongoing efforts to ensure a safe resumption of nightlife businesses in Singapore, they added.

The checks were carried out together with the Singapore Tourism Board, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Enterprise Singapore, Singapore Food Agency, Singapore Land Authority, Sentosa Development Corporation and JTC Corporation.

The police arrested 71 men and 32 women, aged between 16 and 52, for various offences such as being members of unlawful societies, possessing offensive weapons in a public place and working without a valid work permit.

Twenty-seven of these women were arrested under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act for purportedly working at entertainment establishments without a valid work permit.

Police checks conducted at an outlet in Concorde Shopping Centre. PHOTOS: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

The women, aged between 24 and 53, were of Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese nationalities, said the police.

Forty-eight licensed and unlicensed public entertainment outlets were found to have committed various breaches.

Seven of these outlets were found to have flouted COVID-19 regulations.

Among the offences were failing to minimise physical interaction between patrons and staff members, as well as failing to implement a system of checks for vaccination-differentiated safe management measures.

Some of these outlets also did not ensure patrons remained masked while indoors.

Four closure orders and six composition fines of SGD1,000 each were also issued to operators for breaching safe management measures.