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Holland Village restaurant closure serves as a reminder that authorities may stricten measures again if we flout the rules


The closure of British Indian Curry Hut was ordered after large crowds gathered outside it on the first day of Phase 2.

Most of us, if not all, are glad that we are finally in Phase 2 and can head out to meet our friends and loved ones.

But do take note to act responsibly while you are out - or there's a chance the authorities may stricten measures again. 

On Saturday (Jun 20), a restaurant in Holland Village, British Indian Curry Hut, was ordered to close after photos circulating on Friday night - the first day of Phase 2 - on social media showed large crowds gathering outside it.

Outdoor Refreshment Areas (ORA) along the same stretch at Lor Mambong, where British Indian Curry Hut is located, were also removed, said Minister Lawrence Wong in a Facebook post.

The minister, who co-chairs the Multi-Ministry Task Force on COVID-19, added that several individuals were also issued fines by enforcement officers for violating safe distancing rules and investigations are ongoing for other possible breaches. 

Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Masagos Zulkifli, also sent out a reminder for Singaporeans to maintain the good habits that they have been practising during the circuit breaker period. 

He wrote in his Facebook post: "As we approach the first weekend of Phase 2, many of us have probably made plans for activities that we haven't been able to enjoy in the last few months. However, we must remember that COVID-19 remains a threat, and act responsibly, limit our contact with others, and practise good personal hygiene.

"Observing the spirit of the law is as important as adhering to the letter of the law. As (Minister of Health) Gan Kim Yong put it — we can fool the rules, but we cannot fool the virus."

He added that authorities will increase patrols at nightspots. So take note if you are planning to head to these areas. 

"By maintaining the good habits that we have been practising during the circuit breaker period and in Phase 1, we can create a COVID-safe environment for everyone, as we go about our daily lives," Minister Masagos urged.