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Woman and company fined for illegal club operations
     A woman and a company were fined $1,600 and $4,500 respectively at the Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (October 5) for contravening the Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance.

     The courts heard that in March this year, officers from the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA) of the Home Affairs Department conducted an inspection at a club on Portland Street in Mong Kok which had 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 as members. Condition 19 of the CoC was breached. 

     The woman and the company, being the manager and the CoC holder of the club respectively, were charged with contravening section 21(1) (a) or 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, October 5, 2016
Issued at HKT 18:30
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