Coronavirus: Hong Kong government extends Covid-19 restrictions for another two weeks, keeping many businesses closed until May 7

South China Morning Post
  • Temporary ban was due to expire on April 23
  • City’s leader Carrie Lam says now ‘not the time to be complacent’
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Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced that the temporary ban on some businesses opening would be extended. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has announced a two-week extension of the temporary ban on some businesses, including bars, pubs, beauty salons and karaoke bars, keeping them shut until May 7 at the earliest. She also extended the order against public gatherings of more than four people.

Lam said even though Hong Kong had recorded no confirmed infection on Monday, the regulations needed to remain in place to make sure the city kept up with its battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

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“This is not the time to be complacent. If we relax, the good work that we have done will be in vain,” she said.

“That’s why the bans, that would have expired on April 23, will now be extended by two weeks.”

Restaurants can continue to operate, but their capacity must be capped at 50 per cent. No more than four people are allowed per table, and tables must be 1.5 metres apart.