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Jollibee Singapore fined for flouting social-distancing rules

A Jollibee Singapore outlet is among several businesses fined SG$1000 for breaches of the government’s social distancing mandate.

Official enforcement measures found the franchise’s Woodlands MRT branch had neglected to ensure queueing customers and food delivery workers maintained one-metre spacing between them, despite issuing previous warnings.

“The infringements included failure to implement crowd management system and allowing customers and delivery personnel to crowd together without one-metre spacing between one another,” read a statement by the Singapore Tourism Board and Enterprise Singapore. “If these stores continue to flout the rules, they will face higher fines and can be charged in court.”

In an official apology, Jollibee explained that a staff member on duty had been unable to control the queue due to “a strong surge in delivery orders and a corresponding increase in third-party delivery riders in the store.”

The one-metre distance requirement, as well as mandatory wearing of face masks, has been in effect since April 12. Members of the Singapore public are encouraged to report infringements by email to Covid_GoBusiness@mti.gov.sg.

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