Most people in Singapore have been disciplined in the fight against Covid-19 by observing safe distancing measures and adapting to changes amid the new normal.
But an underground scene appears to have taken root in some places where safe distancing is ignored and caution is cast to the wind.
Behind shuttered shop fronts in Golden Mile Complex, illegal gatherings of large groups partying have allegedly been going on since June.
Shin Min Daily News on Wednesday (Dec 15) reported on a party where about 30 people were crammed into a small bar on the second storey of the complex on Monday.
The Chinese language newspaper said a 50-year-old woman had thrown the party for her boyfriend's birthday, with attendees invited by word of mouth.
No safe entry
The bar reportedly did not implement SafeEntry or temperature taking, and customers were allowed to mingle freely without masks.
Scantily clad women were seen on a makeshift dance floor with loud music while patrons drank alcohol and socialised.
Shin Min cited a source who said that several bars and pubs in Golden Mile Complex have been operating illegally in such a manner since June.
"If you come on weekends, you'll see the bars here filled with people completely ignoring the pandemic," said the unnamed source.
"When the authorities show up, the operators will just pull down the shutters and continue operating illegally afterwards."
At least eight such bars were packed with people in the complex on Monday night, Shin Min reported.
More at https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/at-golden-mile-some-are-still-partying-like-theres-no-covid-19