SEVENTY INDIVIDUALS INVESTIGATED FOR NON-COMPLIANCE WITH SAFE DISTANCING MEASURES

The Police are investigating 47 men and 23 women, aged between 15 and 56, for alleged non-compliance with safe distancing measures under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020.

On 7 May 2021, the Police were attending to a case of dispute at an industrial unit along Kaki Bukit Road, when loud music was heard coming from another unit. Nine men and six women, aged between 20 to 42 years old, were allegedly found drinking and singing inside the unit.

In a separate incident on the same day, the Police received information on a gathering at a residential unit along Greenwood Avenue. When Police officers arrived, 19 men and 10 women, aged between 15 to 41, were found allegedly mingling, drinking, and singing inside the unit. Of these, a 23-year-old man had purportedly repeatedly hurled vulgarities at the police officers and was arrested for using abusive language towards a public servant, under Section 6(3) of the Protection from Harassment Act. A 40-year-old man was found to be in possession of substances believed to be controlled drugs and was arrested for offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

On 14 May 2021, the Police received information about a gathering in an office unit along Jalan Bukit Merah. When officers arrived, 19 men and 7 women, aged between 24 and 56, were found allegedly mingling, drinking and singing inside the unit.

For all three incidents, public entertainment and liquor were believed to be supplied without a valid licence. The Police are investigating the operators of all three units for offences under the Public Entertainments Act and Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Act 2015. The offences of providing public entertainment and providing liquor without a valid licence each carry a fine of up to $20,000. Karaoke equipment, supplies of alcohol and party accessories were seized as case exhibits.

The offence of using abusive language towards a public servant, under Section 6(3) of the Protection from Harassment Act, carries a fine not exceeding $5,000, an imprisonment term not exceeding 12 months, or both.

Members of the public are advised to take the prevailing safe distancing measures seriously. For non-compliance with safe distancing measures under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020, offenders may be jailed for up to six months, fined up to S$10,000, or both.

The Police will continue to take tough enforcement action against crime. Those found engaging in illicit activities will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

 

Source: Singapore Police Force

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