A number of Covid-19 clusters have been identified in multiple KTV lounges or nightclubs that had pivoted to operate as F&B establishments.
These clusters account for a total of 120 Covid-19 cases as of July 16, 2021.
Suspended for two weeks
Following the recent developments, the multi-ministry task force announced that it will be implementing a two-week suspension of operations for all nightlife establishments that had pivoted into F&B establishments.
This will take effect from July 16 till July 30, 2021.
There are more than 400 of such establishments and they will all be individually notified about the suspension.
During the suspension, all the staff of the establishments will be tested for Covid-19 infection.
The MTF will also inspect all the safe management measures protocols in these establishments, and ensure that they are properly implemented before they are allowed to resume F&B operations.
To mitigate the risk of wider, undetected community transmission, MTF will also aggressively ringfence cases emerging around the KTV cluster through the use of SafeEntry data.
Free swab test
Individuals who have recently visited such nightlife establishments now operating as F&B establishments, and/or interacted with social hostesses in any settings between June 29 to July 15 are to come forward for a free swab test.
Free swab tests can be done at the following locations.
One may also go to a private clinic and pay for tests.
Individuals who develop any ARI symptoms, such as cough, runny nose or fever, should see their doctor immediately.
Top image by Andrew Koay (for illustrative purposes only).