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FEHD and Police conduct joint operation in Jordan and take stringent enforcement action relating to anti-epidemic regulations
     The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) and the Police took stringent enforcement action in the vicinity of Wai Ching Street, Jordan. During the joint operation, the two departments inspected 13 catering premises last night (January 17). All of the catering premises (including six which were subjects of complaints) were not in operation.

     An FEHD spokesman said today (January 18), "According to the current directions issued by the Secretary for Food and Health in relation to catering business under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F), catering business operators must strictly comply with a series of requirements and restrictions, which include requirements that a person responsible for carrying on a catering business must cease selling or supplying food or drink for consumption on the premises of the business from 6pm to 4.59am of the subsequent day; the number of people participating in a banquet in catering premises is limited to 20; no more than two persons may be seated together at one table within any catering premises, and the total number of customers allowed in catering premises must not exceed 50 per cent of the normal seating capacity; no live performance and dancing is allowed; a mask must be worn within the premises except when the person is consuming food or drink at a table therein; tables must be arranged in a way to ensure there is a distance of at least 1.5 metres or some form of partition which could serve as an effective buffer between one table and another table; body temperature screening must be conducted before the person is allowed to enter the catering premises; and hand sanitisers must be provided. In addition, a person responsible for carrying on a catering business must display the poster containing the 'LeaveHomeSafe' venue QR code at the entrance of the premises or at a conspicuous location."
     If a person responsible for carrying on a catering business or scheduled premises contravenes the regulations under the Regulation, he or she is liable to prosecution and, upon conviction, to a maximum fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for six months.

     Customers in breach of the requirement on no more than two persons per table within catering premises are liable to a fixed penalty of $5,000 for violating the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (Cap. 599G). Moreover, customers not wearing a mask when they are not eating or drinking at a table therein or they are not eating or drinking are liable to a fixed penalty of $5,000 for contravening the Prevention and Control of Disease (Wearing of Mask) Regulation (Cap. 599I).

     The spokesman stressed that the FEHD will continue to step up enforcement action and publicity efforts and conduct joint operations with the Police to take stringent enforcement action against offenders to ensure compliance with relevant regulations. He reminded the operators concerned and the public that they must not defy the law and must exercise self-discipline and co-operate, with a view to fighting the virus together.
Ends/Monday, January 18, 2021
Issued at HKT 11:50
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