Coronavirus: Hong Kong tightens social distancing measures at restaurants, public gatherings

  • Carrie Lam also announced arrangements for game centres, theme parks and swimming pools
  • Covid-19 cases have been in the triple digits for several days following a cluster at some of the city’s dance studios
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Back to two ... Today’s announcement will see diner numbers halved at restaurant tables. Photo: AFP)

Public gatherings and numbers of diners per table at restaurants will be limited to two people again from Wednesday amid a worsening fourth wave of the coronavirus, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced on Monday.

Restaurants will also once again be required to close at 10pm, after only recently being allowed to stay open until midnight. The new arrangements will be in force for at least two weeks.

Venues including game centres, theme parks, swimming pools, karaoke lounges and mahjong parlours will also be forced to close down during that time.

Government performance venues are to remain open only for rehearsals and online streaming performances. Gyms, sports venues and beauty parlours, meanwhile, can continue to operate, but with additional restrictions. Those using sports facilities will be limited to pairs.

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Most government employees will be required to work from home from Wednesday, and, as announced, on Sunday, all secondary, primary and kindergarten classes will move online.

The announcement came as the city recorded 76 new Covid-19 cases for the day.

“The figure on Monday was slightly lower, but I don’t want the public to mistakenly reckon that the peak of the epidemic is over already,” Lam said at her afternoon press conference.

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