A public consultation regarding a proposed change to the demonstrative requirements for commercial and leisure activities started last Saturday, set to run until December 5, with changes looking to update regulations imposed in 1998.
According to statements made by the head of the legislative production department of the Justice Affairs Bureau (DSAJ), Francisco Fong, raffle sales for profit will be prohibited, given their similarity to gambling activities.
For-profit lucky draw activities will also be more regulated under the proposal, with the institution responsible for the activities having to “designate an accountant or auditor who does not belong to that entity” to supervise the draw.
The results should then be sent to the Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ), who may also decide to send “representatives to oversee this activity”.
Organizers of non-profit lucky draw activities will also have to reveal publicly the amount of funds raised and their intended use.
The changes proposed to the administrative regime also propose that several activities and events which previously only required notifying authorities, will instead require a licence.
These activities include those performed in public locations; shows performed outside public locations but open to the public; in laundry establishments; the sale of non-profit raffles; activities in cinemas and theatres and snooker and bowling establishments.
Meanwhile, any activities taking place in entertainment facilities with public access would also require a license.
In regards to massage parlours, the changes propose that localized massage service establishments – involving only feet, shoulders, head and arms – will not require a licence.
However establishments where “whole body” massages are performed will still require a licence, with the Deputy Director of DSAJ, Carmen Maria Chung stating the rule is maintained to prevent illegalities.
“There are certain establishments that take advantage to provide other types of services prohibited by law,” she added.
The proposal also considers an increase of the minimum age for minors entering cybercafes without supervision from 12 to 16-years-old, in order to match the same age requirement for video game arcades.
“With the spread of internet access, cybercafes have started to have the same uses by people as video game arcades, with minors going to these places to play video games and not to search for information,” Mr. Chung added.