F&B licences of 3 pivoted nightlife venues revoked for breaching COVID-19 measures

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | CNA | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Three food and beverage (F&B) outlets that were formerly nightlife operators have had their food licences permanently revoked for breaching COVID-19 safe management measures.

The three F&B outlets are The Charm in Fook Hai Building, Icon II which is also known as Club IICON in Parklane Shopping Mall, and Frederico’s Paddles Too Pub & Cafeteria at The Odeon Katong.

The outlets, which had their licences revoked by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), must cease operations with immediate effect, said the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) on Friday (July 23).

The Charm had failed to minimise physical interaction between customers, visitors and staff. It also allowed hostessing and provided forms of entertainment such as card and dice games to customers on July 13, said MSE.

Icon II similarly failed to minimise interactions between customers, visitors and staff, and allowed hostessing on July 13.

Both The Charm and Icon II were ordered to cease operations from July 18.

Frederico’s Paddles Too Pub & Cafeteria operated during the mandatory two-week suspension period on July 17, said MSE. It was ordered to cease operations from July 22.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) had previously announced that all nightlife establishments that had pivoted to operating as F&B outlets would have to suspend business for two weeks from July 16 to July 30.

During the suspension period, all employees will be tested for COVID-19.

The outlets will only be allowed to resume operations after July 30 if they pass an inspection and receive approval from SFA.

“This suspension period will serve to keep our community safe by allowing time for all employees at pivoted nightlife establishments to be tested and for enforcement agencies to conduct checks to ensure that safe management measures protocols are in place,” said MSE.

It added that any pivoted nightlife establishment found to be operating during the suspension will face “firm enforcement action, including prosecution and the permanent cancellation of licences for food, public entertainment and liquor”.


In the media release, MSE said a total of 18 F&B premises were ordered to close for breaching COVID-19 rules.

Breaches included multiple failures to ensure that patrons across tables were seated at least 1m apart, allowing groups that exceeded the allowed group size, and allowing groups that were not from the same household to be seated across multiple tables.

The outlets also allowed live entertainment such as live singing, dancing, music and games to be played within their premises, as well as failing to ensure temperature taking and proper check-ins via TraceTogether.



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