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Law enforcers descend on country parks, restaurants to enforce anti-Covid rules

16 April 2022

By The SUN


Camping in country parks is still prohibited

Law enforcers have descended on four country parks and issued fixed penalty tickets costing $5,000 each on three campers found not to be wearing masks, while 49 others will be prosecuted for suspected illegal camping or use of fire at the campsites.

The police and agents of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department conducted the sweep at Sai Kung Country Park, Plover Cove (Extension) Country Park, Pat Sin Leng Country Park and Tung Lung Fort Special Area on Friday and Saturday, both general holidays.


The arrests were made in line with current regulations prohibiting anyone from camping or doing barbecuing in country parks, or enter areas that have been cordoned off to prevent group gatherings. In addition, no more than two people are allowed to get together in public.

Police tell hikers that certain public parks remain off-limits

Separately, police and agents of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department conducted surprise checks on 54 eateries and seven other premises on Friday as part of enforcement of anti-Covid regulations. On its own, the FEHD checked on 417 restaurants and 160 other premises.


As a result, operators of 10 catering premises will be prosecuted on suspicion of violating anti-pandemic requirements. Of these operators, (1)  three were found not to have required customers to scan the LeaveHomeSafe app, (2)  two did not ensure everyone in their premises was wearing a mask unless eating or drinking; (3)  two failed to seat a maximum of two customers to a table; (4)  one failed to install partitions between tables; (5)  one did not have a fully functioning air purifier and (6) one did not comply with the vaccination requirement for staff.


Operators of catering establishments that fail to meet the requirements under anti-Covid regulations or the Vaccine Pass scheme are liable to pay a maximum fine of $50,000 and imprisonment of up to six months.

In addition, the identified premises are prohibited from selling food and drinks for consumption in their premises from 3pm to 4.59am of the subsequent day, ranging from three, seven to 14 days.

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Three people were also issued the $5,000 fixed penalty tickets- two customers who did not scan the LeaveHomeSafe app and one staff who breached the vaccination requirement.

The government reminded customers to also observe the maximum limit of persons that can sit at each table, and those who do not wear a mask when they are not eating or drinking at a table or elsewhere within the premises. Offenders are subject to a maximum fine of $10,000 but they may discharge liability by paying a fixed penalty of $5,000.

FDHs in Central are reminded about the gathering and mask-wearing regulations 

Apart from the enforcement actions, the FEHD also conducted joint information drive with several government departments at public places including those frequented by foreign domestic helpers. The enforcers handed out leaflets appealing to the public to comply with various pandemic-related restrictions.


The places targeted were in Central and Western, Eastern, Yau Tsim Mong, Mong Kok, Sham Shui Po, Sha Tin, Sai Kung and Tsuen Wan districts, near popular FDHs hangouts during public holidays.


The FEHD also arranged to get the public areas cleaned thoroughly and stepped up patrols to stop unlicensed hawking activities. During the operation, four fixed penalty notices were issued to persons who breached public cleanliness offences and articles abandoned by one hawker were seized.

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