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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

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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