The Food & Environmental Hygiene Department inspected 17 catering business premises in Lan Kwai Fong yesterday and initiated legal proceedings of prosecution against the operators of seven premises.

 

The department explained that the legal proceedings are mainly about violating the requirements on the distance between tables and wearing a mask at all times within the premises except when eating and drinking.

 

According to the latest directions issued by the Secretary for Food & Health, the number of customers at bar or pub must not exceed half of the normal seating capacity of the premises and no more than two people may be seated at one table.

 

The directions also prohibit live performance and dancing in catering business premises and masks must be worn at all times within the premises except when food or drink is being consumed.

 

Body temperature screening must be conducted before entry is allowed to the catering premises and hand sanitisers must be provided to the customers.

 

The department said it will step up inspection at food premises across the city and conduct joint operations with Police in the long holidays to ensure directions under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Requirements & Directions) (Business & Premises) Regulation are strictly observed.

 

Enforcement actions will be taken against offenders to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19, it added.

 

The department appealed to food business operators and food handlers to comply with the regulation to keep workers, customers and the public safe.