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Singapore's bars and entertainment venues have closed – here's what it means for you

The government has announced the closure of bars and entertainment venues till April 30 in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19

By Nicole-Marie Ng
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From March 26, all bars and entertainment venues in Singapore are closed till April 30. The measures come as the city reports over 800 cases of Covid-19, with more than 600 currently active cases.

Businesses impacted by these measures include bars, clubs, discos, cinemas, theatres and karaoke outlets. As a part of the announcement, all centre-based tuition and enrichment classes, as well as religious services, have also been suspended.

Malls, museums and restaurants remain open, but the government has also recently announced that people who sit or stand less than 1m away from another person in a public space will be fined up to $10,000 and jailed for up to six months.

Like you, we have plenty of questions as to what these new rules mean. So we've compiled a handy guide that covers everything you need to know about the measures.

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Funan
Funan
Photograph: Funan

What's still open?

Most places around the city remain open, including supermarkets, shopping malls, hawker centres, restaurants, banks, museums, pharmacies, petrol stations, convenience stores and hairdressers.

Popular attractions such as the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari, Gardens By the Bay, Marina Bay Sands Skypark and Universal Studios Singapore also remain open.

These places have ramped up on cleaning as well as put in place safe distancing measures. Public transport is still running too.

However, do note that you're not allowed to be in a public venue in a group of more than 10 people. You also have to stand 1m apart from the people around you.

Capital at Zouk
Capital at Zouk
Photograph: Zouk

What's closed?

Bars that are not operating under a restaurant or food license. All entertainment venues such as nightclubs, karaoke bars, discos, theatres, cinemas, exhibition halls and computer game centres. Tuition centres as well as large gyms such as Virgin Active, Pure Fitness and Fitness First have also closed.

Here's a list of cocktails and specialty bars that are now closed in Singapore:

  • Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall
  • Alchemy Singapore
  • Auld Alliance
  • Begin
  • Craft Beer Bar Takumi
  • IBHQ
  • Idlewild
  • Jigger & Pony
  • MO Bar
  • Nutmeg & Clove
  • Origin Bar
  • Quaich Bar (Havelock and South Beach)
  • Shin Gi Tai
  • SKAI Bar
  • Skinny's Lounge
  • The Bar at 15 Stamford
  • The ExciseMan
  • The Other Room
  • The Penny Black
  • The Single Cask
  • The Swan Song
  • The Wall
  • White Label Records & Bar
  • Here's a list of nightlife and entertainment venues that are now closed:
  • Attica
  • Bang Bang
  • Cherry Discotheque
  • F Club
  • Lulu’s Lounge
  • Marquee
  • The Projector
  • Zouk
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Barbary Coast
Barbary Coast
Photograph: Barbary Coast

Are there bars that are still open?

Bars with a food license can still continue operations. So if your favourite bar also has a bar grab menu that they dish out from a proper kitchen, it's most likely unaffected by the new measures. However, if you want them to stay open, make sure that you keep a social distance from other diners and indulge responsibly. Don't be one of those people who attend "farewell parties".

Here are some bars with excellent food options that are still open and need your support:

  • Atlas
  • Barbary Coast
  • Bar Stories
  • Brass Lion Distillery
  • Caffe Fernet
  • Employees Only Singapore
  • Fat Prince
  • Freehouse
  • Gibson
  • Humpback
  • JAM by Siri House
  • Jekyll & Hyde
  • Junior The Pocket Bar
  • Kabuke
  • Lime House
  • Live Twice
  • Madame Fan
  • Manhattan
  • Mitzo
  • Native
  • Neon Pigeon
  • No Sleep Club
  • Operation Dagger
  • Praelum Wine Bistro
  • Revamp Bar & Kitchen
  • RPM by D.Bespoke
  • RVLT
  • Smoke & Mirrors
  • Sum Yi Tai
  • Tess Bar & Kitchen
  • The Dragon Chamber
  • The Elephant Room
  • The Guild Singapore
  • The Old Man Singapore
  • The Other Roof
  • Tippling Club

Music venues such as White Label Records and Choice Cuts Goods + Coffee remain open in the day for retail and refreshments.

The Projector, interior
The Projector, interior
Photograph: The Projector

What does this mean for bars and entertainment venues?

Obviously, Covid-19 has dealt a huge blow to these businesses but you can still support them by purchasing gift cards as well as merchandise.

Food and beverage businesses as well as retail shops can list their businesses on chopeandsave.com or bars.sg, which link people to gift cards they can purchase for future use. Some bars such as The Old Man and Shin Gi Tai are also offering cocktails to go. Check out the full list of takeaway cocktails here.

Entertainment venues like The Projector also have merch for sale that you can purchase here.

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The Old Man Singapore
The Old Man Singapore
Photograph: The Old Man Singapore

When will things be back to normal?

We don't know. And certainly, things will never truly go back to how they were before. But the restrictions are going to be around till April 30, but there is a possibility that they will be extended beyond that.

We know this is tough and our hearts go out to all those venues that are struggling right now. Please get in touch with contact.tosg@timeout.com if you know of a venue in need of a shout. We will try our best to help out.

Read on for more on Covid-19 in Singapore

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