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Company fined for illegal club operation

     A company was fined $9,500 at the Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (August 1) for contravening the Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance.

     The court heard that during an inspection last December, officers from the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA) of the Home Affairs Department inspected a club on Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, which had been operating with a certificate of compliance (CoC). During the investigation, OLA officers posed as customers and patronised the club for food without being asked to show their membership status or being invited to join the club as members. The club staff could not show the membership register upon OLA officers' request. OLA officers also found that the actual layout of the club had deviated from the registered drawings and the exit route in the club was blocked. Conditions 19, 20, 3 and 9 of the CoC were breached.

     Furthermore, OLA officers found that the club did not operate under the name indicated in the CoC on the day of inspection.

     The company, being the CoC holder, was charged with contravening sections 21(2) and 21(1)(c) 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, August 1, 2012
Issued at HKT 18:15


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