Managers fined for illegal club operations

     A man, a woman and two companies were fined from $2,500 to $3,000 at the Eastern Magistrates' Courts today (December 5) for contravening the Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance.
     The courts heard that in May this year, officers from the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA) of the Home Affairs Department conducted inspections at two clubs on Foo Ming Street in Causeway Bay and on Wan Chai Road in Wan Chai which had been operating with certificates of compliance (CoCs).
     During the investigation at the club on Foo Ming Street, 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 staff of the club failed to show the latest membership register upon the OLA officers' request. Conditions 19 and 20 of the CoC were breached.
     The staff of the club on Wan Chai Road failed to show the CoC upon the OLA officers' request. Condition 2 of the CoC was breached.
     The man and woman, and the companies, being the managers and the CoC holders of the clubs respectively, were charged with contravening section 21(1)(a) or 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 would continue to be taken against illegal club operations.

Ends/Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Issued at HKT 17:30