SEVERAL POLICE OFFICERS ILLEGALLY ENTERED BARS WITHOUT TAKING THEIR TEMPERATURE DURING PATROL

When the staff from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) and large number of police officers were patrolling the bars at Knutsford Terrace in Tsim Sha Tsui at night, a strange scene occurred.

A bar staff was standing in front of the bar for body temperature screenings of the patrolling staff. While the FEHD staff were required to line up and have their temperatures measured one by one before entering the bar, the bar staff allowed the police officers to enter without measuring their body temperatures.

According to the new regulations imposed on all catering businesses, the body temperature screenings on persons were required to be conducted before entering, while there was no clear regulation on whether those on law enforcement officers were also required or not.

According to the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (Cap. 599G):
(e) body temperature screening on a person must be conducted before the person is allowed to enter the catering premises;
Offenders are subject to a maximum fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for six months.

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