Man fined for illegal club operation

     A man was fined $7,500 at the Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (November 23) for contravening the Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance.

     The courts heard that in April this year, officers from the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA) of the Home Affairs Department conducted an inspection at a club on Nathan Road in Yau Ma Tei, which had been operating with a certificate of compliance (CoC).

     The club was found to have a layout that deviated from the registered drawings and the exit route was obstructed. Also, the number of people at the club had exceeded the maximum allowable capacity as stipulated in the CoC. Conditions 3, 6 and 12 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, November 23, 2016
Issued at HKT 17:30