Company fined for illegal club operation

     A company was fined $4,000 at the Eastern Magistrates' Courts today (February 12) 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 an inspection at a club on Old Bailey Street in Central which had been operating with a certificate of compliance (CoC).
     The OLA officers posed as customer and patronised the club for food 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, February 12, 2019
Issued at HKT 18:00