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S’pore public entertainment outlets under investigation for suspected violations

SINGAPORE (CNA) – Authorities arrested 25 women and are investigating five public entertainment outlets for purportedly committing various breaches after a series of raids that ended on May 3 in Singapore.

The raids were carried out by the Singapore Police Force together with the Singapore Tourism Board, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore Food Agency and Singapore Land Authority, it said in a news release yesterday.

The operations, which started on April 27 and involved 283 public entertainment outlets, were part of “ongoing efforts to ensure a safe resumption of nightlife businesses in Singapore”.

During the operations, five licensed and unlicensed public entertainment outlets were allegedly found to have committed various breaches under the Public Entertainments Act.

Investigations against the operators of these outlets are ongoing.

Additionally, an outlet was found to have allegedly operated with recorded music across five different units. However, the operator only possessed valid public entertainment licences for four of the units.

If found guilty of providing public entertainment without a valid licence, the operator could be fined up to SGD20,000.

For not complying to safe distancing measures, they could be jailed for up to six months, fined SGD10,000, or both.

Sim Lim Square. PHOTO: CNA