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Man fined for illegal club operation
     A man was fined $9,000 at the Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (October 26) 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 Soy Street in Mong Kok, 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 was found to have operated beyond the licensed area and the exit route was obstructed. Conditions 12, 18 and 19 of the CoC were breached.

     The man, being the manager of 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 will continue to be taken against illegal club operations.
Ends/Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Issued at HKT 18:00
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