Police investigate ‘non-Singaporeans’ from boozy Robertson Quay gathering: Masagos

At left, Minister Masagos Zulkifli in a recent photo. Crowds gather Saturday outside Robertson Quay restaurants, at right. Photos: Masagos Zulkifli/Facebook, Lectress Pat/Facebook
At left, Minister Masagos Zulkifli in a recent photo. Crowds gather Saturday outside Robertson Quay restaurants, at right. Photos: Masagos Zulkifli/Facebook, Lectress Pat/Facebook

The police have tracked down a number of “non-Singaporeans” who gathered outside Robertson Quay restaurants on Saturday and are investigating them for allegedly breaching safe distancing measures, according to Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli. 

Masagos, who is also a member of Singapore’s COVID-19 multi-ministry taskforce, did not reveal the actual number of suspects under police probe in his Monday statement but did note they were not Singaporeans.

“We will enforce against anybody found breaching safe distancing measures. The Singapore Police Force have traced a number of the individuals who gathered in the area. These persons are non-Singaporeans, and are currently under police investigation,” Masagos said. 

The minister’s statement came a day after the Urban Redevelopment Authority ordered restaurants in the area to stop selling takeaway alcohol to prevent a repeat of the scene, in which groups congregated in common areas to socialize and carouse. 

Some photos of crowds along Robertson Quay have been circulating this past weekend. The Circuit Breaker can only work…

Posted by Masagos Zulkifli on Monday, 18 May 2020

Sunday’s alcohol ban came after pictures spread of crowds outside the restaurants not complying with safe distancing measures. Some were not wearing masks.

“URA will continue to monitor the area with the [Singapore Police Force] to ensure compliance by operators and individuals. Enforcement action will be taken against business operators and individuals found to be in breach of safe distancing measures,” he said.

Masagos also urged witnesses to report incidences through the OneService app, a government portal for the public to report on municipal issues. 

“We urge everyone to abide by both the letter and spirit of the law to contain COVID-19. If you see any offenders, please don’t just take photos for a posting. Report it through the #OneService app with specific details and photos,” he added.

Singapore reported 305 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, raising the total to 28,343 since January. The death toll stands at 22. 

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