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13 building plans approved in Nov

The Buildings Department approved 13 building plans in November - two on Hong Kong Island, six in Kowloon and five in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, eight were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, two for commercial developments, one for factory and industrial developments, and two for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 11 building projects which will provide 210,471 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 2,595 units and 83,060 sq m for non-domestic use.   Additionally, the department received notification of commencement of superstructure works for nine building projects.   The department also issued 16 occupation permits - three on Hong Kong Island, five in Kowloon and eight in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 53,034 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 1,355 units and 168,627 sq m for non-domestic use. http://dlvr.it/Sh3Dtw

Anti-epidemic rule violations probed

The Home Affairs Department's Office of the Licensing Authority and the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department today conducted a joint investigation into suspected violations of anti-epidemic regulations at the Hong Kong Scout Centre in Jordan.   The investigation was conducted in accordance with the Prevention & Control of Disease (Requirements & Directions) (Business & Premises) Regulation and the Prevention & Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation.   According to recent media reports, the person responsible for a clubhouse at the centre on 8 Austin Road was suspected of not complying with relevant requirements and directions issued by the Secretary for Food & Health in relation to clubhouses on April 10 and had arranged a banquet of more than 20 people.   Moreover, patrons who had organised a banquet at the centre for about 100 guests on the same day, were suspected of violating the relevant restrictions on group gatherings.   The Home Affairs Department urged those who had joined the banquet on April 10 and other people in the know to come forward and contact the Office of the Licensing Authority at 2881 7498 to provide relevant information to assist in the investigation.   Depending on the progress of the investigation, the authority may consider further legal action, including listing the people as wanted and/or instigating prosecution.   The authority will continue to proactively take stringent enforcement action and step up inspections at clubhouses across the city to ensure that those responsible for the premises and the patrons strictly comply with relevant provisions in the regulations for the prevention and control of diseases.
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