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Six Men To Be Charged For Offences Under The Public Entertainments Act, Liquor Control Act And Breaches Of Covid-19 Regulations; Twenty-Three Persons To Be Charged For Breaches Of Covid-19 Regulations

The Police will be charging six men, aged between 26 and 39, in court on 14 October 2021, for offences under the Public Entertainments Act, Liquor Control Act and breaches of the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020. Twenty-three persons, aged between 23 and 38, will also be charged in court on 14 October 2021 for breaches of the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020.

The cases are as follows:

  1. In a case reported on 25 February 2021, a 39-year-old man was believed to have operated an unlicensed KTV outlet which supplied alcohol to patrons. Two men, aged 26 and 33, were allegedly employed as staff to assist in the operations. The three men will each face one charge of providing public entertainment without a licence under Section 19(1)(a) of the Public Entertainments Act, one charge of supplying alcohol without a valid licence under Section 4(1) of the Liquor Control Act, one charge of leaving their place of residence and one charge in breach of the prohibition of social gatherings under Regulation 4(1) and Regulation 6 of the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020 respectively. The operator will face an additional charge of failing to keep premises closed under Regulation 9(1) of the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020. Ten persons, aged between 25 and 37, who were found allegedly consuming alcohol and socialising within the outlet, will each be charged with one count of leaving their place of residence and one count in breach of the prohibition of social gatherings under Regulation 4(2) and Regulation 6 of the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020 respectively.

  2. In an enforcement operation conducted on 18 July 2021, a 31-year-old man and a 39-year-old man were found to have allegedly operated an unlicensed KTV outlet which supplied alcohol to patrons. A 37-year-old man was allegedly employed as a staff to assist in the outlet’s operations. The three men will each face one charge of providing public entertainment without a licence under Section 19(1)(a) of the Public Entertainments Act, one charge of supplying alcohol without a valid licence under Section 4(1) of the Liquor Control Act, and one charge of failing to keep premises closed under Regulation 9(1) of the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020. The 37-year-old man will face an additional charge for breaching the prohibition of social gatherings under Regulation 6 of the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020. Thirteen persons, aged between 23 and 38, who were found allegedly consuming alcohol and socialising within the outlet, will each face one charge of leaving their place of residence and one charge for breaching the prohibition of social gatherings under Regulation 4(2) and Regulation 6 of the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020 respectively.

Under Section 19(1) of the Public Entertainments Act, those found providing any public entertainment without a valid licence may be fined up to $20,000. Under Section 4(1) of the Liquor Control Act, any person found supplying any alcohol without a valid licence may be fined up to $20,000. Repeat offenders will be fined up to $20,000, face imprisonment for up to three months, or both.

For non-compliance with safe management measures under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020, which is punishable under Section 34(7) of the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020, offenders may be jailed for up to six months, fined up to $10,000, or both.

The Police have been consistently taking enforcement action at public entertainment outlets to suppress vice and other illegal activities. Members of the public and businesses are advised to take safe management measures seriously. The Police have zero tolerance of irresponsible behaviour relating to the flouting of these measures and offenders will be dealt with firmly in accordance with the law.

 


PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
13 October 2021 @ 10:50 PM
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