Police conduct checks at many bars and restaurants in Soho, Central Knutsford Terrace, Kwai Chung and Yuen Long

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22nd November 2020 – (Hong Kong) Police started an operation at about 11.30pm yesterday (21st) and inspected many areas to carry out strict enforcement actions at catering business establishments including bars to remind premises operators and citizens to strictly abide by the anti-epidemic regulations. The police found that many people gathered in the bar on the first floor of Knutsford Terrace, suspected of violating the Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulations and Instructions) (Business and Premises) Regulations (Cap 599F), including maintaining distance of less than 1.5 meters away, and more than 2 people sat at the same table. The police will prosecute the person in charge of the relevant bar. In addition, the police also issued fixed penalty summonses to 36 men and 32 women for allegedly violating the gathering ban. In addition, officers from the New Territories North Region started an operation against unlicensed liquor sales at about 1am today (22nd). They raided an industrial building at 109-111 On Lok Road, Yuen Long, and smashed a suspected unlicensed upstairs bar.

During the operation, a 39-year-old local male person in charge was arrested on suspicion of “unlicensed possession of alcoholic drinks for sale” and “unlicensed sale of alcoholic drinks”. He was also suspected of violating the “Prevention and Control of Disease (Regulations and Instructions) ) (Group gathering is prohibited) (Cap 599G), the police will prosecute him. In addition, 7 male and 1 female local guests, aged between 23 and 40, were suspected of “drinking in places without a license” and violating the gathering ban.

The police then issued fixed penalty summonses to them. The arrested men and women have been released on bail pending further investigation and must report to the police in early December. During the operation, the police seized about 330 beer bottles and 20 bottles of spirits with a market value of about HK$50,000. In addition, the Hong Kong Island Region Tactical Unit, the Central Police District and the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department have inspected 26 catering business premises, including bars, in the district from about 10pm last night, and have taken strict enforcement actions to remind the operators, practitioners and citizens to strictly abide by the epidemic prevention regulations.

During the period, police officers discovered that a restaurant on Elgin Street in Sohowas suspected of violating the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Instructions) (Business and Premises) Regulations (Cap 599F). The distance between the tables was less than 1.5 meters.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong government further tightened social distancing measures on business and listed premises yesterday morning (21st), including no live performances and dancing in restaurants, bars or pubs and nightclubs. Party rooms must be closed. The relevant instructions took effect at 12am today.

The Kwai Tsing Police District Anti-Triad Action Team inspected the district at 0.30 am today and raided a party room in the industrial building at 17-23 Kwai Fung Street, Kwai Chung. During the operation, the police arrested a male person in charge (26 years old) for “unlicensed sale of alcoholic beverages” and “unlicensed possession of alcoholic beverages for sale”. Another 5 men and 2 women (25 to 34 years old) were also arrested for “drinking in an unlicensed place”. The police seized 12 bottles of spirits and about 400 cans of beer in the party room, worth about 30,000 Hong Kong dollars. According to the police, the smashed party room was about 1,200 square feet and contained two rooms. The person in charge of the room and the customers were also suspected of violating the “Closing of Business Order” and the “Prohibition of Gathering Order” and were issued fixed penalty summonses.

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