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Man fined for illegal club operation
     A man was fined $2,400 at the Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (November 22) for contravening the Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance.

     The courts heard that in January last 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 Tsim Sha Tsui, 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. The club's staff failed to show the registered drawings and the membership register upon the OLA officers' request. Also, the club was found to have a layout that deviated from the registered drawings. Conditions 3, 17, 19 and 20 of the CoC were breached.

     The man, 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, November 22, 2017
Issued at HKT 18:30
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