Central District officers were patrolling in Lan Kwai Fong and Soho area last night when they found the restaurant still serving the guests after the designated closing hour spelled by the government.

A 30-year-old Filipino was handed a court summons for breaching Cap 599F Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation.

Twenty-three diners, including 14 men and nine women aged from 22 to 60, were each issued a HK$5,000 fixed penalty ticket, bringing in HK$115,000 to the treasury.

Among the guests, a 40-year-old British woman was taken away to Central Police Station after she failed to present an identity document to the police.

The government, on April 21, relaxed the stringent Covid-19 curbs, extending restaurants’ dine-in service hours from 6pm to 10pm.

On May 5, the cap on the number of guests served per table also increased from four to the current eight.