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Company fined for illegal club operation
     A company was fined $3,600 at the Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (November 8) for contravening the Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance.

     The courts heard that in April this year, officers from the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA) of the Home Affairs Department conducted an inspection at a club on Hart Avenue in Tsim Sha Tsui, which had been operating with a certificate of compliance (CoC). 

     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 as members. Also, the staff of the club failed to show a copy of the certificate of fire services installations and equipment upon the OLA officers' request. Conditions 10 and 19 of the CoC were breached.

     The company, being the CoC holder of the club, 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 will continue to be taken against illegal club operations.
Ends/Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Issued at HKT 16:20
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