DH to enforce new alcohol legislation starting tomorrow
A spokesman for the Tobacco and Alcohol Control Office said, "The new legislation aims to prevent young people's access to alcohol. Starting tomorrow, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Inspectors will conduct inspections, investigate complaints and carry out enforcement actions accordingly.
"The legislation covers all kinds of sale and supply of intoxicating liquor in the course of business irrespective of whether payment is involved. It covers alcoholic beverages sold or supplied for commercial purposes in fairs, celebratory events, exhibitions and the like, but does not apply to family gatherings or social events with no business intentions. The sale of alcoholic beverages in vending machines is also prohibited."
Intoxicating liquor is defined as alcohol that has more than 1.2 per cent ethyl alcohol by volume and is fit for or intended as a beverage. The maximum fine for selling or supplying intoxicating liquor to a minor, or selling intoxicating liquor via vending machines, is $50,000 on summary conviction. Those who obstruct inspectors during enforcement are liable to a maximum fine of $10,000 on summary conviction.
If alcohol is sold or supplied via face-to-face distribution such as in premises or stores like supermarkets, liquor stores and convenience stores, a sign containing both the Chinese and English versions of the prescribed notice must be displayed in a prominent location easily seen by the public. The notice must be rectangular in shape with minimum dimensions of 38 centimetres by 20 centimetres, and have legible characters and letters in a font colour that contrasts with the background colour.
If alcohol is sold or supplied via remote distribution such as SMS, group messages, websites and telephone or mail order, the prescribed notice must be displayed in a reasonably legible manner, or its contents must be read out or played as a sound recording.
A sample graphic and sound recording of the prescribed notice can be downloaded from the Tobacco and Alcohol Control Office website. The maximum fine for non-compliance with the prescribed notice and age declaration requirement is $25,000 on summary conviction.
The Tobacco and Alcohol Control Office has developed guidelines to assist the industry in complying with the legislative requirements. Detailed guidelines for businesses and other relevant materials have been uploaded to the Tobacco and Alcohol Control Office website www.taco.gov.hk. Members of the public and business operators can visit the website to learn more about the provisions of the new legislation.
For enquiries or complaints, please call the Tobacco and Alcohol Control Office's hotline 2961 8823.
Ends/Thursday, November 29, 2018
Issued at HKT 11:15
Issued at HKT 11:15