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Man fined for illegal club operation

     A man was fined $6,000 at the Eastern Magistrates' Courts today (January 26) for contravening the Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance.

     The courts heard that in April last year, officers from the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA) of the Home Affairs Department conducted an inspection at a club on Elgin Street in Central, 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 club's staff failed to show the CoC or its certified true copy and a copy of the registered drawings upon the OLA officers' request. Conditions 2, 17 and 19 of the CoC were breached.

     The man, responsible for managing the club, was charged with contravening section 21(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/Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Issued at HKT 18:08


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