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Since August 10, F&B establishments have been allowed to reopen for dining in – with a different set of rules for the vaccinated (up to five vaccinated people are allowed to dine in at restaurants), and yet-to-be-fully vaccinated (who can only makan at hawker centres and kopitiams in pairs). Unsurprisingly, certain errant diners from the latter group – either because they haven’t been fully vaccinated (if at all), or don’t possess the proper documentation – have been caught trying to sneak their way into restaurants for a meal. What’s surprising, however, is how bold some of these flouters are, with rampant reports of people flashing fake vaccination screen shots and more. Is eating out really worth the potential shame and punishment when caught? We suppose it’s because there are no manifest penalties set in stone yet for offenders (those caught using fake certificates will face a “severe penalty” was what Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said on a Facebook post on Aug 11), hence the brazen behaviour. 

8days.sg speaks to three chefs and restaurant owners who’ve faced such guests over the first weekend since dining in resumed. 

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