Police investigating 88 people for allegedly breaking Covid-19 rules at massage and entertainment outlets

Following islandwide enforcement checks on 92 massage establishments and 23 public entertainment outlets, 88 people are being investigated.

As part of the operations between Aug 2 and Aug 8, the police had raidedĀ four unlicensed KTV-concept outlets, located along Ubi Avenue 3, Kaki Bukit Road 1, Lorong 8 Toa Payoh and Desker Road.

TheĀ police are investigating 42 people found in these premises for allegedly breaking Covid-19 rules.

Four men and a woman, aged between 18 to 31, are also being investigated for alleged offences under the Public Entertainments Act and Liquor Control Act, for their suspected involvement in managing these unlicensed public entertainment outlets.

In addition, a total of 24 massage establishments were believed to have committed various breaches under the Massage Establishments Act and COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020.

Police officers had found masseuses and customers allegedly not wearing a mask during the provision of massage services at four of these premises.

A 10-day closure order and a fine of $1,000 have been issued against these massage establishments, whilst the customers will be fined $300 each for breaching Safe Management Measures.

Investigations against 46 people, comprising of operators, masseuses and customers are ongoing.

Under the Massage Establishments Act, those found providing massage services in a massage establishment without a valid licence can be fined $10,000, jailed for up to two years, or both.

For non-compliance with safe distancing measures under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020, offenders can be jailed for up to six months, fined up to $10,000, or both.

If convicted of supplying liquor without a valid licence and providing public entertainment without a valid licence, offenders can be fined up to $20,000 for each offence.