SFA orders 2 drink stalls to shut for serving alcohol after 10.30pm

Two drinks stalls at eating house Bistro 8 and coffee shop Happy Hawkers have been ordered to close for serving alcohol to patrons after 10.30pm.

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) and the police said in a joint press release that both the licensees of the drinks stalls will also be fined $1,000 each for failing to comply with the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act.

The drink stall at Bistro 8, which is located at Block 31 Kelantan Lane, will be closed from Jan 20 to Jan 29.

The other drink stall at Happy Hawkers will be shut from 22 Jan to 31 Jan. It is located at Block 632 Bukit Batok Central.

"Acting on feedback that coffee shop Happy Hawkers was serving alcoholic beverages after 10.30pm, officers from SFA and the police inspected the premises on Jan 7 and found patrons consuming alcohol at around 11.20pm at the coffee shop’s outdoor refreshment area," said SFA and the police.

"The beverages were sold and served from the drinks stall at the coffee shop."

SFA and the police also acted on feedback that Bistro 8 was also serving alcoholic beverages on Jan 14.

The officers inspected the premises and observed patrons consuming alcohol at 10.50pm at the eating house’s indoor refreshment area. The beverages were also sold and served from a drinks stall at the eating house.

"During Phase Three, serving and consumption of alcohol in all food and beverage (F&B) establishments after 10.30pm are strictly prohibited under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020," said SFA and the police.

"This includes consumption at any outdoor refreshment area and/or tables/chairs owned or managed by such establishment."

Under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020, first-time offenders will face a fine of up to $10,000, imprisonment of up to six months, or both.

Subsequent offences may face a fine of up to $20,000, imprisonment of up to twelve months, or both.

"Covid-19 remains a grave threat and we must not be complacent. We urge all businesses and members of the public to be socially responsible and to continue to adhere to Safe Management Measures (SMMs) while we resume activities in Phase Three," added SFA and the police.

"The government will not hesitate to take strong enforcement action against errant operators and individuals who breach SMMs."

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