Restaurant Hai Xian Lao suspended for violating safe distancing rules

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A hotpot restaurant has been ordered to suspend operations for 10 days and fined $2,000 for failing to comply with safe distancing measures, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said on Saturday.

Hai Xian Lao, located on the fourth level of Shaw House in Orchard Road, allowed customers to consume alcohol on its premises after 10.30pm and did not maintain a distance of 1m between groups of customers.

The restaurant also failed to ensure that group sizes did not exceed five people.

STB said its enforcement officers noticed a group of more than 20 people leaving the restaurant on Friday night, and further checks revealed that the group had been seated in a locked private room within the restaurant.


Restaurant employees were also found to be uncooperative and at times aggressive towards the STB officers, attempting to block entry into the restaurant and private room.

"STB takes a serious view of non-compliance for safety distancing measures by both businesses and members of the public," said STB director for retail and dining Ranita Sundramoorthy.

"While we encourage people to go out and enjoy what our local businesses have to offer, we strongly urge them to do so in a safe and socially responsible manner, so as to minimise the risk of further Covid-19 tranmissions within the community."

STB has stepped up checks of tourist areas and establishments since Singapore entered phase two of its exit from the circuit breaker period. - THE STRAITS TIMES