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Company fined for illegal club operations
     A company was fined $1,000 at the Eastern Magistrates' Courts today (January 16) for contravening the Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance.

     The courts heard that in June last year, officers from the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA) of the Home Affairs Department conducted inspections at a club on Bonham Strand in Sheung Wan, which had been operating with certificates of compliance (CoCs).
     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. Condition 19 of the CoC was breached.
     The company, 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 would continue to be taken against illegal club operations.
Ends/Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Issued at HKT 17:30
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