19 investigated for flouting safe distancing measures while socialising at Balestier Road unit

Nineteen people, aged between 22 and 59, are being investigated for flouting safe distancing measures at a social gathering in Balestier.

The police said they received information on Monday (Sep 20) of a gathering in a mixed-use commercial and residential building located along Balestier Road.

When officers arrived, they found 19 people allegedly consuming alcohol, playing games such as darts and table soccer, and socializing within the unit.

Liquor, a karaoke system, a pool table, a dart board, and other paraphernalia used for entertainment were found inside the unit.

Public entertainment and liquor were believed to be provided at the unit without a valid licence.

A 25-year-old man, who is one of the 19 found in the unit, is believed to be the unit’s operator and will be investigated for offences under the Public Entertainments Act and Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Act.

The man, together with the remaining 18 people, will also be investigated for non-compliance with safe distancing measures under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020.

The offences of providing public entertainment and supplying liquor without a valid licence each carry a fine of up to $20,000.

For not complying with safe distancing measures, offenders may face up to six months' jail, fined up to $10,000, or both.

Members of the public are advised to take the prevailing safe distancing measures seriously.

"The police take a stern view of irresponsible behaviours relating to the flouting of safe distancing measures and offenders will be dealt with in accordance with the law," the statement said.