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'Silver economy' panel set up

The Commerce & Economic Development Bureau today established the Advisory Panel on Silver Economy and convened its first meeting with the aim of initiating research on the development of Hong Kong’s growing elderly population as a consumer segment.    Chairing the panel, Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Algernon Yau said the elderly demographic was emerging as an important part of the city’s economy.    He highlighted that many products and services designed to enhance the quality of life enjoyed by elderly residents are spurring growth and business opportunities.    Mr Yau added that promoting such products and services can help to foster the development of the so-called silver economy and unleash business potential in the elderly market, whilst also catering to the aspirations and needs of elderly people. He said this would be the advisory panel’s focus.     At today’s meeting, the panel endorsed its terms of reference, reviewed statistics relating to

Catering premises checked

The Food & Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) conducted operations from June 11 to 13 to remind catering business and scheduled premises operators to strictly comply with the anti-epidemic regulations.   The operation jointly conducted with Police covered bars, pubs and karaoke establishments in Mong Kok, Yau Tsim District, Central & Western District and Wan Chai.   During the joint operation, 43 catering premises were inspected, while 1,657 catering premises and 292 other premises were inspected soley by the FEHD.   The department initiated procedures on prosecution against seven catering business operators suspected of breaching the requirements under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Requirements & Directions) (Business & Premises) Regulation.   Five of them were related to dine-in services provided after the specified time in catering premises, while the remaining two were related to more than four people allowed to be seated together at one table and failing to wear a mask.   The department said it will continue law enforcement on all types of premises and inspect staff and customer vaccination records.
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