Ignoring public health measures and risking greater infection, Singapore bars and clubs are holding “farewell” and promotion parties tonight before they are ordered to close for a month starting March 26.
Defying social distancing measures, the Singapore bars and clubs attempt to make one last haul off their patrons tonight.
Singapore club, Canvas, is offering free flow alcohol and free entry to women and also a one-for-one promotion for men. Another club, Cherry Discotheque, waived a “10-person” cap for “VIP sofa” at S$600 each.
The risk of mass congregation prompted a joint statement from the Singapore Tourism Board, Singapore Police and Enterprise Singapore, threatening to conduct spot checks at these shops:
“Following yesterday’s announcement that all entertainment venues will be closed from 26 March, 2359 hours till 30 April, we are aware a number of nightlife operators intend to host “farewell” events tonight that could result in large numbers of people congregating… These safe distancing measures are enforceable. Officers from government agencies including the Singapore Police Force will be on the ground to monitor the situation and carry out enforcement action over the next two days. The Traffic Police will also be conducting island-wide enforcement operations against drink-driving during this period. We will not hesitate to take action against anyone who fails to comply.”