Guidelines for outdoor dining

TNP reported in May that under the Street Works Act, shop owners have to keep five-foot ways, public walkways and public streets clear, so as not to impede the movement of pedestrians.

It is understood that the maximum fine under the act is $2,000. Repeat offenders may have their licences revoked.

But outdoor dining areas are allowed if they follow guidelines set out by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

A URA spokesman had said outdoor refreshment areas (ORAs) are outdoor extensions of the indoor dining areas of F&B establishments.

The spokesman said in other areas, small-scale ORAs may be considered along the covered walkways if they do not compromise the safety of patrons, obstruct pedestrian movement or cause inconvenience to surrounding residents.

- Shaffiq Alkhatib