SINGAPORE – The Seoul Garden branch at Tampines Mall, which was frequented by Singapore’s latest Covid-19 community case, is closed until further notice.
When The Straits Times visited the restaurant at approximately 10:50 am on Friday (Nov. 27), a Seoul Garden employee posted a message saying, “We are closed. Apologies for the inconvenience caused.”
The employee told ST it will be closed until further notice, as the restaurant was preparing for disinfection. It was last open on Thursday.
ST understands that it was waiting for an outside company to decontaminate the property and that an officer from the national environmental agency had spoken to the restaurant’s staff.
Around noon, two employees of professional cleaning company Clean Solutions arrived at the outlet with a high-pressure cleaner and containers with cleaning products.
After completely decking themselves out with protective clothing, masks, and goggles, they disinfected the food tables, windows, tables, and pillars in the restaurant with the pressure washer. They also wiped the cashier’s counter and items such as credit card terminals. The two Clean Solutions employees left the socket after about an hour.
“After the disinfection, we wash the dishes again, wipe the tables, sweep and mop,” said the restaurant manager.
Some customers arrived at Seoul Garden just before lunch but walked out after seeing the message.
On Thursday evening, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said a Singaporean, who works as a service technician, had dinner with 12 family members at Seoul Garden last Saturday before developing a fever and sore throat on Monday. That was when it was tested on Covid-19.
The Master Systems Marine employee job includes boarding ships docked at Marina South Pier and West Coast Pier for service and maintenance of ships’ navigation systems.
He became Singapore’s first locally transferred Covid-19 case in 16 days.