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Police patrol beaches and Chater to remind crowds on gathering rules

09 November 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao  

Police were out in force again in Central to remind Filipinos not to gather 

Police and staff of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department stepped up patrols and issued verbal advice on social distancing more than 800 times today, Nov 8, as crowds returned to Hong Kong’s reopened beaches.

Groups of officers also went around Chater Road and the periphery of World-Wide House in Central distributing leaflets reminding mainly Filipino groups to observe the anti-coronavirus safety protocols.

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The LCSD reopened all beaches under its management on Nov 3 in the latest easing of restrictions on crowd gatherings. Today was the first Sunday since the reopening, and many people, including FDHs, descended to the seaside for picnics.

The crowds were not as large as in the summer, though, because beachfront barbecues remained closed and about half of LCSD-run beaches have no lifeguards on duty.

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Even so, officers displaying a banner reminding the public of the fight against Covid-19 approached groups picnicking on the beaches reminding them about wearing a mask and observing the four to a group limit on gatherings.

Filipinas on Repulse Bay beach also get reminders from LCSD staff (GIS photo)

Where the police were absent, properly identified LCSD staff went around and talked to the picnickers.

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At Cafeteria Beach in Tuen Mun, where a few members of the DWC Help Group gathered to celebrate the birthdays of two of their colleagues, the public address system was blaring out reminders about the restrictions every now and then.

The broadcast in Cantonese, English and Putonghua appealed to the public to exercise self-discipline to reduce the chances of spreading the virus in the community. People were also urged to observe water safety and to swim only when lifeguard services were available.

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In Central today, police in five-man teams also patrolled Chater Road and surrounding areas where mostly Filipino workers gathered to spend the day.

Social distancing is all but forgotten in the frenzy to pack and send goods for Christmas

Chater road and the sidewalks around World-Wide House were extra busy today as workers filled door-to-door boxes with goodies that they would send to their families back home in time for Christmas.

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At least one other group was busy filling boxes, not to send home, but to bring relief to victims of the recent super typhoon that slammed the Bicol and Southern Luzon regions.

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