Updated at 4.51pm: The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) on Tuesday reminded poultry stall operators and the public that the next rest day falls on Thursday, a spokesman said. 'Operators of market stalls and fresh provision shops selling live poultry must suspend business on the rest day to carry out thorough cleaning and disinfection,' the spokesman said. He urged all live poultry retailers to strictly observe rest day conditions and ensure that all live poultry remaining in their stalls or shops were slaughtered before the rest day. 'We wish to remind stall owners and licensees that they must not remove any live poultry from their premises to avoid slaughtering the unsold poultry before the start of the rest day,' he added. 'FEHD staff will inspect each poultry outlet on the rest day. Failure to comply with the rest day conditions will lead to immediate cancellation of shop licences or termination of market stall tenancies.' the spokesman warned. The department has implemented rest days as a part of an effort to reduce the risks of bird flu. Rest days give poultry stall operators time to replace stock and carry out cleaning and disinfecting.