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Woman fined for illegal club operation
     ​A woman was fined $3,000 at the Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (July 19) 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 an inspection at a club on Dundas Street in Yau Ma Tei, which had been operating with a certificate of compliance (CoC). 

     OLA officers posed as customers and patronised the club for food without being asked to show their membership status or being invited to join the club as members. Also, OLA officers found that the exit route had been obstructed. Conditions 12 and 19 of the CoC were breached.

     The woman, being the CoC holder of the club, was charged with contravening 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, July 19, 2017
Issued at HKT 16:20
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