This could be a key step towards a return to nightlife.
Three bars have been chosen to reopen for two months in Singapore. It comes as part of the city’s nightlife pilot scheme.
This may determine how safe a return to nightlife will be for Singapore amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bar Kiharu at Orchard Plaza, Bell Bar at Cuppage Plaza and Skinny’s Lounge at Boat Quay are the selected bars that have opened up this week (December 8).
Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also posted a joint news release.
They said: “The pilots aim to establish the viability and robustness of the stringent SMMs (safe management measures), and the ability of the nightlife industry to comply with them, before the Government considers allowing any further steps in the resumption of nightlife businesses”.
Each venue must comply with strict terms, which include having no live music performers, no public entertainment such as dancing, karaoke and darts, plus limiting the interaction between staff and customers. CCTV footage is required to be used at all times to store recordings as reference of rule adherence.
Alcohol also cannot be served after 10.30pm, groups are restricted to five people or less, and music is not allowed to be played above 6o decibels.