The current ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol in catering establishments after 10:30 p.m. will be lifted from March 29.
The agencies are also studying the resumption of night activities, Finance Minister and co-chair of the multi-ministerial task force Lawrence Wong announced on Thursday March 24.
Lifting of restrictions on alcohol, resumption of nightlife in discussion
Currently, the sale and consumption of alcohol in F&B establishments is not permitted after 10:30 p.m.
This restriction will be lifted from March 29.
The following activities will also be allowed to resume from March 29:
- Live entertainment at all venues including F&B establishments
- The projection of programs broadcast live in these establishments
- Outdoor shows and street performances
- Large-scale social gatherings and events such as gala dinners, corporate dinners and dances (D&D), birthday celebrations and anniversaries
Large-scale gatherings will have to respect existing security management measures, such as having no more than 10 people per table and a safety distance of one meter.
All attendees will be encouraged to “use caution and restraint” and limit their interactions to the group they are seated with, Wong said.
Agencies eye nightlife resumption
As for other nightlife activities such as bars, pubs, karaoke establishments and nightclubs, Wong said relevant government agencies are still studying the resumption of activities in these areas.
“These are higher transmission risk activities, and it is also generally more difficult to comply with the regulations in force. [safe management measures] in those settings,” Wong said.
Agencies will provide updates on the reopening of the nightlife sector in the coming weeks.
Mass chanting allowed as long as masks are on
Wong also announced that restrictions on group vocal activities such as mass singing will be eased now that Singapore is “in a different position”.
Congregational singing, audience and turnout cheering, and singing in general settings such as in schools will be permitted, provided masks are worn throughout.
Responding to a media question from Lianhe Zaobao As to whether masked singing at karaoke bars will be allowed to resume, Wong said KTVs are part of the nightlife business, which the government has yet to decide what to do with.
He said masked singing in a community center or school, for example, will be allowed to resume on March 29.
However, in nightlife settings – such as karaoke establishments with a public entertainment license – there is a higher risk of transmission as well as “generally more difficulty in complying” with safe management measures.
“That is why, as I mentioned earlier, we are looking into this. We would like to see the reopening of this sector.
As I mentioned, it includes bars, pubs, nightclubs, as well as karaoke establishments, all with a public entertainment license. And for this segment, we are studying and will announce later the plans for reopening these establishments.”
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