Public urged to observe fire safety and keep countryside clean

     The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) today (September 25) reminded people to observe fire safety and keep the countryside clean during the Mid-Autumn Festival.
     "Visitors should not release any sky lanterns," an AFCD spokesman said.
     "It is an offence under the Forests and Countryside Ordinance to illegally light a fire or release a sky lantern in country parks and open countryside.
     "Any person who contravenes the ordinance is liable to a maximum fine of $25,000 and one year's imprisonment."
     To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community, the spokesman also appealed to the public to avoid visiting popular locations in the countryside or participating in meal gatherings in crowded places during the peak period on the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival. The public must comply with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (Cap. 599G).
     The spokesman also reminded the public that, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, country park barbecue sites and campsites have been closed until further notice, and barbecuing and camping activities are not allowed during this period.
     The spokesman appealed to visitors to keep the countryside clean and maintain personal and environmental hygiene and social distancing. Visitors should properly dispose of used masks and waste. Anyone who commits a littering offence in a country park area is liable to a fixed penalty of $1,500.

Ends/Friday, September 25, 2020
Issued at HKT 12:00