45 customers and staff of bars/pubs and catering premises received fixed penalty notices

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The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and Police continue to take stringent enforcement actions relating to anti-epidemic regulations.

A spokesman for the FEHD said yesterday (September 12),  that their department and the Police continued to step up their inspections to take stringent enforcement actions territory-wide against premises operators, staff, and customers in bars/pubs, other catering premises, and certain other premises that defy the anti-epidemic regulations.

The spokesman said that given the continuous deterioration of the recent epidemic situation, enforcement departments will proactively take stringent enforcement actions on an ongoing basis. Premises operators and the public are urged not to defy the law, but to work together to reduce the risk of virus transmission in the community

On Sept 11, through its respective inspections and joint operations till early morning on the following day, 12 Sept, the teams reported that out of 23 bars/pubs that they inspected, prosecution actions were initiated against one operator of premises, while 31 fixed penalty notices (FPN) were issued to patrons or staff of premises.

On the same period, out of 505 inspected premises of other catering services, prosecution actions were initiated against 11 operators of premises, and 14 staff or customers received Fixed Penalty notices.

Moreover, the FEHD and the Police also required the premises to take corresponding measures for reducing the risk of transmission. Premises found with irregularities had to, on the subsequent day of being identified of the irregularities by the enforcement officers, cease selling or supplying food or drink for consumption on the premises from 6pm to 4.59am of the subsequent day, and allow no more than two persons to be seated together at one table, for a period of three, seven or 14 day. The details of the case numbers are as follows:

To take corresponding measures for reducing the risk of transmission or closure of premises Bars/pubs Other catering premises
No evening dine-in and restriction of two persons per table for three days Not applicable 1
No evening dine-in and restriction of two persons per table for seven days Not applicable 3
No evening dine-in and restriction of two persons per table for 14 days Not applicable 7

To reduce the risk of virus transmission in the community, the spokesman strongly appeals to all sectors of the community again to stay vigilant and comply with the relevant regulations on the prevention and control of disease in a concerted and persistent manner. The FEHD has strengthened its publicity efforts and will continue to take stringent enforcement actions. All sectors are reminded to exercise self-discipline and cooperate to fight the virus together.