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Managers fined for illegal club operations
     Two men, a woman and three companies were fined from $1,000 to $2,000 at the Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (June 14) for contravening the Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance.

     The courts heard that in December last year, officers from the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA) of the Home Affairs Department conducted inspections at three clubs on Hau Fook Street, Mody Road and Chatham Road South in Tsim Sha Tsui which had been operating with certificates of compliance (CoCs). 

     During the investigation in the club on Hau Fook Street, the OLA officers posed as customers and patronised the club for drinks without being asked to show their membership status or being invited to join the club as members. Also, the staff of the club failed to show the registered drawings upon the OLA officers' request. Conditions 17 and 19 of the CoC were breached. 

     Also, the club on Mody Road served non-members and the club's staff failed to show the latest membership register upon the OLA officers' request. Conditions 19 and 20 of the CoC were breached.

     The staff of the club on Chatham Road South failed to show the registered drawings upon the OLA officers' request. Condition 17 of the CoC was breached.

     The men and woman, and the companies, being the managers and the CoC holders of the clubs 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 would continue to be taken against illegal club operations.
Ends/Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Issued at HKT 18:50
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