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Man fined for illegal club operation

     A man was fined $7,000 at Eastern Magistrates' Courts today (July 8) for contravening the Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance (the Ordinance).

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

     The 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. During the investigation, the OLA officers found that the club's layout had deviated from the registered drawings and the club staff failed to show the registered drawings upon their request. Conditions 3, 17 and 19 of the CoC were breached.

     The man, 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, July 8, 2014
Issued at HKT 17:01


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