Operator fined for illegal club operation

     A man was fined $8,000 at the Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (September 18) for contravening the Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance.

     The courts heard that in February this year, officers from the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA) of the Home Affairs Department conducted an inspection at a club on Chatham Road South in Tsim Sha Tsui, which had been operating with a certificate of compliance (CoC).  

     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. Also, the OLA officers found that the club had a layout that deviated from the registered drawing. Conditions 3 and 19 of the CoC were breached. The man, 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 will continue to be taken against illegal club operations.

Ends/Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Issued at HKT 16:15