Pasir Ris hotel fined and suspended for hosting 19 people


A resort in Pasir Ris yesterday was fined and ordered to close temporarily for hosting a large group of people in violation of health measures.
The Cherryloft Resorts & Hotels was fined S$1,000 (US$750) and shuttered until Feb. 15 while each of the 19 people who stayed in two rooms there Friday were fined S$300 (US$225). The authorities also found management had not been screening guests for COVID-19 contact-tracing purposes.
“We take a serious view of any lapse in safe management measures, and will not hesitate to take enforcement action for non-compliance,” the Singapore Tourism Board said yesterday, noting that the group was mingling across two adjacent units.
It admonished others to stick to the rules.
“Hotel operators and members of the public are required to strictly observe prevailing safe management measures at all times during their hotel stays, such as ensuring that group sizes do not exceed the permissible limit,” it said.
Singapore bars social gatherings larger than eight under current coronavirus restrictions . Businesses are also required to take the temperatures of their customers or guests.
As elsewhere, it’s been a trying year for the hospitality industry, which has gone deeply into the red.
The resort was just in the news last week for offering long stays in its rooms for S$1,300 per month, which included access to a barbecue pit, pool and en-suite bathroom. It has close to 200 villas.
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