Singapore is trying to make cafe-style coffee shops an increasingly common sight in the country’s bustling metropolis, hoping to ease a major roadblock for cafes, who have struggled to attract customers since a major traffic shutdown in May.
The country’s main tourist hub of Singapore, where cafes are increasingly popular, has been hit by a series of traffic jams since May, and now the country is mulling over a plan to make them an increasingly regular sight, according to the Financial Times, which said the city is in the early stages of drafting an ordinance to allow cafes to serve customers within 10 meters of a shop, similar to the way a bar can be inside a restaurant.
Under the plan, cafes would need to secure permits from the government to open.
The paper said the proposal is being considered by the Ministry of Transport and Communications, which would be responsible for issuing permits.
Singapore’s tourism industry is struggling to cope with a spike in traffic as the government tries to make Singapore a more walkable city, which has been an issue for years.
The country has about 7,500 cafes, and some are already running into roadblocks, with the government restricting them to about one per 10 square meters.