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Bars, theme parks and other public facilities to reopen as health situation stabilizes

16 September 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao

 

Ocean Park & Disneyland are set to reopen again starting Friday

The Hong Kong government will extend dine-in services at restaurants by two hours until midnight and reopen bars, pools, public bathhouses, karaokes, theme parks, swimming pools for a week starting Sept 18 in a move to stir economic activity.

However, the ban on gatherings of more than four persons and the strict requirement on wearing of masks will be maintained, the city’s top health official said in a media briefing after an Executive Council meeting this evening, Sept 15.


Exco officials led by Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced $24 billion in pandemic relief stimulus, including $4.5 billion to help affected industries, $13 billion for virus prevention measures and $6 billion on rent concessions.

Food and Health Secretary Sophia Chan said improving coronavirus pandemic conditions in recent weeks have led the government to ease social distancing measures. Her statement came as no new local Covid-19 cases were reported today, the first time in more than two months.

Exco officials announcing the more relaxed social distancing measures


“Since the epidemic has subsided and become more stabilized in the past three weeks … we are prompted to gradually ease the social distancing measures,” Chan said.

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She said the government will also relax the restrictions on wearing masks in fitness centers and sport centers, as well as in venues where small groups gather.

Chan said establishments that will be reopened on Sept 18 must strictly follow the epidemic prevention measures such as limiting the number of persons in those venues and imposing the wearing of masks, saying both measures are critical.

Insomnia was the first to shut after the virus swept across bars in late March

The relaxation in such areas as Wanchai and Lan Kwai Fong night club districts is expected to eventually lead to the lifting of the ban on live performances and restore the livelihood of scores of mostly Filipino musicians and band members.


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All bars, pubs and night clubs were ordered closed in early April after outbreaks of infections in Insomnia in Central, Dusk Till Dawn and Centre Stage in Wanchai and All Night Long in Tsim Sha Tsui. They reopened on Jun 18, only to close again after about a month when the third wave of infections swept across Hong Kong. 

Bar owners were quoted in local reports that the measures would include restricting customers’ stay to a maximum of two hours and installing plastic partitions between tables, as well as keeping people’s details for future contact tracing.

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Also set to reopen are Ocean Park and Hong Kong Disneyland which had been closed since Feb 2, except for a brief reopening in July that was cut short when a third wave of infections hit the city.

 

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