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Male manager fined for illegal club operation

     A man was fined $9,000 at the Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (March 11) for contravening the Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance.

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

     OLA officers found that the club's layout had deviated from the registered drawings and the number of people at the club during the inspection had exceeded the maximum allowable capacity as stipulated in the CoC. The exit route was also found to be obstructed. Conditions 3, 6 and 12 of the CoC were breached.

     The man responsible for managing the club was charged with contravening section 21(1)(a) 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/Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Issued at HKT 16:46


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