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More safety measures at Holland Village eatery after reopening

The Holland Village eatery that was temporarily ordered to close last month for failing to ensure safe distancing among patrons has implemented more safety measures since reopening late last month.

Mr Khader Basha Ghouse Basha, general manager of British Indian Curry Hut in Lorong Mambong, told The Straits Times yesterday that the restaurant has installed a thermal scanner.

It has also installed a queue management system so that customers will not loiter along the road.

Mr Basha said: "We are also taking more reservations and (have) fewer walk-ins."

He added that the restaurant is also growing its food delivery business.

It has also gone beyond the basic measures required by the Government, such as having a smaller number of dine-in customers, he said.

Customers must use the SafeEntry check-in system via a QR code on the thermal scanner's screen before they enter the restaurant.

The spruced-up measures come after the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) ordered the restaurant to be closed for over a week, just after it had reopened for dine-in patrons on June 19.

A photo circulating on social media then showed groups of people packed closely together in the restaurant's outdoor seating area, as well as crowds standing on the road outside the restaurant.

A URA spokesman said yesterday: "We are monitoring the situation closely and will review with other agencies whether the outdoor refreshment areas along Lorong Mambong can reopen and the daily road closures resume."

The authority had previously opened Lorong Mambong to traffic to stop people from gathering on the street. - THE STRAITS TIMES

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