Buzz at KTV outlet despite nightlife ban

ONCE the eateries and shops on the ground floor close for business each night at 10.30pm, Bugis Point in North Bridge Road goes quiet.

After midnight though, small groups of men and women occasionally stumble out from the side of the building, some visibly intoxicated, allegedly after a night out at a KTV lounge in the building.

Nightlife outlets such as discotheques and KTV lounges have been banned from operating since 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but this outlet seems to be thriving.

On one weekday night, all the KTV rooms in the outlet seemed to be fully booked.

Patrons who spoke to The Straits Times on condition of anonymity said the KTV lounge – said to occupy six storeys of the building – has been operating for at least three months.

Guests are vetted and granted entry “only by invitation” or if the counter manager recognises them.

Last July, a cluster of 253 Covid-19 cases emerged among a clutch of KTV outlets that had pivoted to be food and beverage outlets after Vietnamese social hostesses frequented these lounges. Hostess services have been banned since 2020.

Last month, the police said 28 licenced and unlicenced public entertainment and nightlife outlets were found to have committed offences under the Public Entertainments Act, the Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Act 2015 and the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020. — The Straits Times/ANN

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