Over 340 F&B outlets fined from June to March, Health News & Top Stories
More than 340 food and beverage outlets (F&B) have been fined for violating measures for the safe management of Covid-19 from the start of phase two in June of last year until the end of March of this year.
This included nightlife establishments that have turned to restaurant operations, the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said yesterday in response to questions from the Sunday Times.
Over 100 F&B outlets were also suspended during the same period.
The Sunday Times followed SFA agents last night during an operation at five outlets in Jalan Leban and Thong Soon Avenue – the first weekend since the dinner ban was lifted to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Such operations ensure that safe management measures are followed at F&B establishments, such as ensuring that diners and staff wear their masks correctly at all times, except when eating or drinking, the SFA said.
Other measures agents should monitor include ensuring that customers maintain a safety distance of at least 1m in queues and between groups of diners, and that groups do not exceed the size allowed. of two people.
“We also ensure that there is no sale or consumption of alcohol after 10:30 pm, nor public entertainment,” said the SFA.
A business is being investigated for having two different groups of people sitting at the same table, with only an acrylic divider between the groups.
Reminders were also given at another establishment to ensure that customers were seated within 1 meter of each other.
SFA Enforcement Officer Aldric Ang, who has been carrying out these checks since January, said: “Usually the first thing we look for is whether they are wearing masks correctly. sitting together and if a safe distance is observed. “
The officers also verify that the security management measures are respected by the kitchen staff. Sometimes food handlers may not wear their face masks properly, Ang noted.
SFA agents are not handing out fines on the spot, but they will investigate the default and gather evidence such as taking details of individuals or F&B operators. The agency can also collect a statement from them.
Investigations typically end within three months, but the time frame varies depending on the complexity of the case, the SFA said.
Safety distance exercises are typically conducted during times of high human traffic or at times known not to be in accordance with safety management.
Teams of around three to five officers are typically deployed to different areas during these exercises.
In previous cases where F&B outlets have been fined, the SFA has observed that common infractions have included allowing groups larger than the permitted number to sit together, seating customers within a meter of each other and to allow the mixing of customers between tables.