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Orange Ballroom LLP and wedding organiser to be charged for COVID-19 breaches
The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) has charged Orange Ballroom LLP (“the Company”) with an offence of not complying with restrictions in the Safe Management Measures for Marriage Solemnizations and Wedding Receptions under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020.
On 30 January 2021, at its premises located at The Orange Ballroom, No.845 Geylang Road, #03-17 (“the Premises”), the Company had allegedly:
- permitted 235 attendees to attend a wedding, thereby failing to ensure that the maximum number of attendees for the entire event did not exceed 100 persons;
- permitted more than 50 attendees to attend each of the three wedding receptions organised that day, thereby failing to ensure that the maximum number of attendees for each reception did not exceed 50 persons, and
- permitted 18 attendees to attend multiple receptions, thereby failing to ensure that the attendees should only be present during their scheduled reception.
2. SLA has also charged Osman Bin Arrifin, an organiser of the same wedding on 30 January 2021 for two offences under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020. The first is for failing to take all reasonable steps to ensure that any guest of a wedding who is allocated an attendance time does not attend the wedding at a different time, by allegedly permitting 18 guests to attend more than one wedding reception. The second is for failing to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the attendees for a wedding does not exceed the maximum permissible group size of 100 attendees, by allegedly permitting 235 attendees to attend a wedding at the Premises.
3. Both the Company and Osman Bin Arrifin will be charged in Court 4B on 10 November 2021 at 10am.
4. The Government takes a serious view of such violations. Those who fail to comply with Safe Management Measures, will be liable to prosecution under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020. The offence carries a penalty of a fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to six months for first-time offenders, and a fine of up to $20,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 12 months for subsequent offenders.
Singapore Land Authority
9 November 2021