Coronavirus: Hong Kong government orders mandatory testing for dance studio cluster

  • Anyone who has been to one of the places noted in the latest Covid-19 infection cluster must be tested or face a fine of HK$2,000
  • Bars, party rooms and karaoke lounges will be closed again for seven days as social distancing rules tighten
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Anyone who has been to one of the dance studios caught up in the latest Covid-19 infection cluster must have a test for the virus by today, or face a HK$2,000 fine.

The city recorded 80 new infections yesterday, and Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced tightened social distancing rules along with mandatory testing for anyone who had been at one of the seven new dance studios at the centre of a major outbreak.

Authorities are racing to trace people who had been at the studios, and ask them to call 6275 6901 to find out how and where to get tested.

The city announced tightened social distancing rules today. Starting from midnight Thursday, places such as party rooms and karaoke lounges will be shut for seven days. No live performance or dancing activities are allowed. Banquet halls, meanwhile, will only be allowed to have up to 10 tables, with a maximum of four people per table. 

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In addition, a 15-year-old student from Kiangsu-Chekiang College in North Point tested positive. Classes at school have been suspended and all students will be required to undergo testing.

The seven new dance studios involved in the cluster are: Betterment Banquet Hall in Mei Foo, Hsin Kuang Banquet Hall (Sha Tin), Hit Power Entertainment Company in Aberdeen, The World Dancer Performing Arts Federation  in Tsim Sha Tsui, Starway Music Studio in Tsim Sha Tsui, Victor Yang Studio in Sheung Wan and Sing Fai Banquet Hall in Kowloon Bay.

Other dance studios involved in the infection cluster are: Starlight Dance Club, Chassé and Dance Concept in Wan Chai, Heavenly Dance in Sheung Wan, Shining Star Dance Studio in North Point, More Dance Fame in Wan Chai, DanzStage Dance Studio, Dance Star Academy and Dance Culture in Causeway Bay. Palladium International Dance Club in Tsim Sha Tsui, Matex Club in Sham Shui Po, Hsin Kuang Banquet Hall in San Po Kong, Kam Lai Sing in Mong Kok and Green Apple International Dance School in Tseung Kwan O.

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