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Manager and operator fined for illegal club operation
     A woman and a company were each fined $2,000 at the Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts today (July 15) for contravening the Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance.

     The courts heard that in April last year, officers from the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA) of the Home Affairs Department conducted an inspection at a club on Sai Yeung Choi Street South in Mong Kok, 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. Condition 19 of the CoC was breached. The woman, being the manager of the club and the company, being the CoC holder of the club, were charged with contravening section 21(1) (a) and section 21(2) of the Ordinance respectively.

     A spokesman for the department reminded all CoC holders to comply with the conditions as stipulated therein. Enforcement actions will continue to be taken against illegal club operation.
Ends/Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Issued at HKT 17:05
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