If you’ve been looking forward to finally getting to go clubbing and having fun at Zouk, here’s some bad news.
Although snaking queues outside Zouk were seen after the government announced that nightlife establishments will be allowed to operate from 20 April onwards, it seems like we won’t be seeing those similar queues soon.
Shortly after Singapore’s most iconic nightclub reopened its doors to the public, it took to its Instagram stories yesterday (1 May) to explain that it will be temporarily closed until midnight on 10 May.
In its notice, it explained that its establishment in Clarke Quay would be closed from the midnight of 1 May to 10 May, but did not state any reason as to why.
Prior to this announcement, Zouk had set its operating hours as 10pm to 3am on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
It also noted that its other outlets, namely Capital Kitchen, RedTail and Phuture, would remain open.
The notice wrote, “The safety of our guests is a priority. We have stepped up safety distancing measures and doubled our security to ensure this.
“We look forward to welcoming you back to Zouk on May 11. In the meantime, stay safe and take care.”
Not Closed Due to Flouting of SMMs
Currently, although nightlife establishments are allowed to entertain patrons, the government still has several guidelines put in place.
Firstly, all customers who enter the premises of nightlife establishments where dancing is involved have to prove that they have tested negative for COVID-19. They should do so through a negative antigen rapid test result obtained from a test provider that is approved by the Ministry of Health.
The test must be done either before entering the premises, or not any longer than 24 hours before the event ends.
Additionally, all safe management measures (SMMs) must be followed by patrons. These SMMs include mask-wearing within venues and safe distancing.
If establishments are caught flouting these rules, the relevant personnel may face fines or be made to close their premises.
If they choose not to comply with the measures, the relevant personnel may face up to six months’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.
Just last Friday, two establishments were forced to close their premises temporarily after the police conducted checks and found out that they had breached SMMs.
The SMMs they had breached included not checking their customers’ vaccination statuses, as well as not keeping the physical interactions between patrons and staff to a minimum.
According to The Straits Times, Zouk is not one of the outlets that had flouted SMMs.
In fact, even though Zouk is permitted to entertain up to 1,500 patrons, or 75% of their capacity according to COVID-19 SMMs, the establishment previously announced that it will only be admitting 500 patrons per night.
Ticket Refunds and Replacements
In their announcement on 1 May, Zouk also explained that affected patrons who have already paid for their tickets can opt to use the tickets at Phuture, which is a hip-hop space under the same company in Clark Quay.
Alternatively, patrons can also ask for an open ticket to Zouk instead.
The ticket will be valid for the rest of May, except for guest DJ nights.
Refunds will also be available for patrons who request them at [email protected]
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