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Singapore bans Britons for lockdown ‘bar crawl’

Written by on June 26, 2020

A group of British men living in Singapore have been banned from working there again after breaking lockdown to go on a “bar crawl”.

The men were also fined around S$9,000 each ($6,500; £5,200).

They were charged after a picture of people drinking during the country’s “lockdown” – which banned social gatherings – went viral last month.

A separate group, an American couple and an Austrian, were also punished for drinking on the same day.

The Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MoM) said between 1 May and 25 June, 140 people had their permission to work in Singapore revoked for breaking Covid-19 measures.

The court heard the men met by chance on Saturday 16 May in Robertson Quay, a popular bar and restaurant area in the city centre.

The group – Neil Gordon Buchan, 30, Perry Scott Blair, 37, James Titus Beatt, 33, and Joseph William Poynter, 35 – went to three bars in around 45 minutes, local media reported.

Although the bars were not open as normal, they were allowed to serve takeaway alcohol.

On the same day, a Facebook post went viral showing pictures taken by a passer-by of people drinking in groups that evening.

The post asked why locals in state-run housing were being punished for breaking lockdown rules, while others could seemingly “drink openly with no masks on”.

The prosecution asked the judge to jail the men for a week, but he instead imposed a fine.

The court heard they had no previous convictions in Singapore, and that their lawyer objected to the “bar crawl” description.


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