18 fined and 2 persons in charge of catering premises prosecuted for violating anti-epidemic regulations in Western District


21st May 2022 – (Hong Kong) The government further relaxed social distancing measures on 19th May. In order to ensure that the public abides by the relevant epidemic prevention regulations, the Western District Police District and the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department yesterday (20th) carried out a joint epidemic prevention operation to carry out inspection of catering business premises and other scheduled premises in the “Vaccine Pass Direction”.

During the operation, a total of 108 scheduled premises in the area were inspected, including 83 licensed restaurants, 7 game centres and 18 massage parlours. Among them, it was found that the distance between the tables of two restaurants was less than 1.5 meters and that customers were not forced to scan “LeaveHomeSafe” app before entering the premises. The two restaurants were suspected of violating the “Prevention and Control of Diseases (Regulations and Instructions) (Business and Places)” Regulations (Cap. 599F).

The police then issued fixed penalty notices to two foreign male customers, and will issue summonses to the two respective persons in charge.

In addition, police also patrolled various places in the district. During the period, a total of 9 men, 1 foreign man, 2 local women and 4 foreign women, aged between 25 and 71, were found not wearing masks properly in Aberdeen and the Western District. The police officers then issued fixed penalty notices to them.