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Woman fined for illegal club operation
     A woman was fined $8,000 at the Eastern Magistrates' Courts today (March 19) for contravening the Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance.
     The courts heard that in July last year, officers from the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA) of the Home Affairs Department conducted an inspection at a club on Hennessy Road in Wan Chai which had been operating with a certificate of compliance (CoC).
     The OLA officers found that the exit route had been obstructed. The staff also failed to show the registered drawings upon the OLA officers' request. Conditions 12 and 17 of the CoC were breached.
     The woman, being the manager of the club, was 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 will continue to be taken against illegal club operations.
Ends/Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Issued at HKT 17:40
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