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Managers fined for illegal club operations
     Two men were fined $5,600 and $6,000 respectively at the Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (December 6) for contravening the Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance.

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

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

     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.

     The men, being the managers of the clubs, were 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 would continue to be taken against illegal club operations.
Ends/Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Issued at HKT 16:45
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