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Managers fined for illegal club operations
     Two men and two companies were fined $2,500 to $8,000 at the Eastern Magistrates' Courts today (August 1) for contravening the Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance.

     The courts heard that in January this year, officers from the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA) of the Home Affairs Department conducted inspections at two clubs on D'Aguilar Street and Shelley Street in Central which had been operating with certificates of compliance (CoCs). 

     During the investigation in the club on D'Aguilar Street, 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. Also, the club was found to have a layout that deviated from the registered drawings and the staff of the club failed to show the registered drawings upon the OLA officers' request. Conditions 3, 17 and 19 of the CoC were breached. 

     Also, the staff of the club on Shelley Street failed to show the registered drawings and a copy of the certificate of fire services installations and equipment upon the OLA officers' request. Conditions 10 and 17 of the CoC were breached.

     The men 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 will continue to be taken against illegal club operations.
Ends/Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Issued at HKT 18:18
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