MOH has detected several clusters in multiple KTV lounges or nightclubs that had pivoted to operate as Food & Beverage (F&B) establishments. Even as testing operations for staff and patrons were underway, more cases and clusters in similar settings emerged.
Since October 2020, nightlife establishments have not been allowed to operate but, upon representation by the industry, have been allowed to pivot into F&B operations. However, several errant establishments have abused this and operated clandestine and illegal activities. The Singapore Food Agency has revoked the licences of 3 such F&B establishments.
The Government will continue to take strict enforcement actions against all F&B operators who breach the safe management measures (SMMs).
Suspension of All Pivoted Nightlife Establishments
MOH will implement a 2-week suspension of operations from 16 July 2021 through 30 July 2021 for all nightlife establishments that had pivoted into F&B establishments.
During this period, MOH will test the staff of these 400-odd establishments, inspect their SMM protocols, ensure proper implementation, before they are allowed to resume F&B operations.
Aggressive Ringfencing Around Cases
To mitigate the risk of wider, undetected community transmission, MOH will aggressively ringfence cases emerging around the KTV cluster through the use of SafeEntry (SE) data:
MOH will also be sending a “Health Risk Alert” via SMS to individuals who have visited the locations where these establishments are located in, or at other similar establishments flagged out by the Singapore Police Force:
Did you visit any of these establishments and/or interacted with social hostesses between 29 June 2021 to 15 July 2021?
If you did, go to this link: go.gov.sg/ktv-testing to make an appointment for a free swab test.
Alternatively, you may go to a private clinic for a paid test.
If you develop any ARI symptoms (cough, runny nose, fever) see a doctor immediately.
For more details, refer to MOH’s press release.