Home Affairs Department continues to take stringent enforcement actions relating to anti-epidemic regulations

Home Affairs Department continues to take rigid enforcement actions connecting to anti-epidemic guidelines

A spokesperson for the Home Affairs Department (HAD) stated today (October 10) that the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA) under the HAD continued to step up assessments of properties accredited by the OLA (consisting of hotels, guesthouses, club-houses and amusement video game centres) and take rigid enforcement actions versus facilities operators, personnel and consumers in properties that defy the anti-epidemic policies. The OLA will proactively take strict enforcement actions on a continuous basis. Facilities operators and the general public are advised not to defy the law, however to interact to lower the threat of infection transmission in the neighborhood.

The representative stated that the Government had earlier revealed the relaxation of particular social distancing procedures, consisting of increasing the optimum variety of individuals per table for catering facilities from 8 to 12; unwinding the limitation on all activities in arranged properties with a limitation on the variety of individuals per group from 8 to 12; unwinding the optimum variety of individuals per table for bars/pubs and clubs/nightclubs from 4 to 6; and increasing the optimum variety of individuals for banquets in catering properties from 120 to240 The licensees, consumers and visitors are still needed to strictly comply with the requirements and instructions under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599 F), the Prevention and Control of Disease (Vaccine Pass) Regulation (Cap. 599 L) etc., consisting of the requirement on the Red Code and Amber Code under the Vaccine Pass; and clients of catering properties taking part in a banquet activity need to abide by the fast antigen test requirement.

From September 26 to October 9, the evaluation and enforcement figures of the OLA under the HAD in regard of arranged properties accredited by it are set out listed below:

Premises Number of assessments Initiation of prosecution actions versus operators of facilities Fixed Penalty Notices provided to patrons/staff of facilities
Hotels 121
Guesthouses 107
Club-houses 739 1 3
Amusement Game Centres 39

Moreover, the OLA likewise needed the clubhouse discovered with abnormalities as displayed in the table above to, on the subsequent day of being determined of the abnormalities by the enforcement officers, take matching procedures for minimizing the threat of transmission( i.e. closure of the appropriate part of the facilities for 3 days).

The HAD highly interested all persons-in-charge and clients of the properties once again to remain alert and continue to abide by the pertinent guidelines on avoidance and control of illness in a collective and consistent way, with a view to keeping their personnel, clients and the general public safe, and managing the epidemic circumstance. The HAD will continue to enhance its promotion efforts and enforcement actions. All trades are advised to work out self-control and abide by the policies to combat the infection together.

Ends/Monday, October 10, 2022
Issued at HKT 22: 10



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