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Woman fined for illegal club operation

     A woman was fined $7,000 at the Eastern Magistrates' Courts today (May 13) for contravening the Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance.

     The courts heard that in September last year, officers from the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA) of the Home Affairs Department conducted an inspection at a club in Pennington Street, Causeway Bay, which has been operating with a certificate of compliance (CoC).

     During the investigation, OLA officers posed as customers and patronised the club for food and drinks without being asked to show their membership status or being invited to join the club. Also, the club staff failed to show the CoC or the certified true copy, the registered drawings and the membership registers upon the OLA officers' request. Conditions 2, 17, 19 and 20 of the CoC were breached.

     The woman, being the CoC holder, was charged with contravening section 21(2) of the Ordinance.

     A spokesman for the department reminded all CoC holders to comply with the conditions as stipulated therein. Enforcement action would continue to be taken against illegal club operations.

Ends/Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Issued at HKT 17:30


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