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Only 4 people may gather in public still as HK keeps social distancing rules

26 May 2021

 By The SUN 

It's still 4 to a group until June 9

The government has announced that the social distancing measures currently in place, including allowing no more than four people to gather in public, will be kept for another 14 days, or until June 9.

The announcement came after only one imported case of Covid-19 infection was reported today, May 26, involving a 27-year-old woman who flew in from the United Arab Emirates on May 24 and tested positive at the airport.


At the same time the Centre for Health Protection said it was investigating the case of a 51-year-old man who went to Shenzhen from Hong Kong on May 8, together with a 19-year-old female who tested positive on Friday.

The CHP said it was notified by the Guangdong health authority yesterday that the male patient was confirmed Covid-19 positive on May 23. He also tested positive for antibodies, indicating an old infection.

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The CHP said it was investigating the infections, and are doing contact tracing.

While the number of infections has gone down significantly in the past month, the government said it cannot relax gathering restrictions yet, as this could lead to a rebound in cases.


It also said that the vaccine take-up rate in Hong Kong is still far below the level needed to achieve herd immunity so the city is still vulnerable to another surge in infections.

“If unfortunately, a new wave of the epidemic arrives, we will not be able to build a herd immunity barrier for protection,” said a statement from the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department.

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“To guard against a rebound of the epidemic situation, the Government will continue to maintain the social distancing measures currently in place.”

However, the statement said that in considering the next phase of restrictions it will look into the need to offer further incentives to encourage vaccination.

Vaccination of both staff & customers will dictate how many patrons can eat together & how long

Under the extended social gathering rules, restaurants under category A will still be required to seat only two to a table if patrons are unvaccinated and do not sign up for contact tracing. They can only dine-in up to 6pm, and the restaurant can only be 50% full.

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For categories B to C,  the number of diners can go up to 4 or 6 to a table, and dine-in can be extended to between 10pm and 12 midnight. However there will be additional requirements for staff to get vaccinated, and for customers to use the LeaveHomeSafe app.

For the highest category D, up to eight diners can sit at one table until 2am, but they must have at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. All staff members should be fully vaccinated. The restaurant can accommodate as much as 75% of its permitted capacity.

Mask-wearing in public will still be strictly enforced.

Anyone found violating the restrictions, including holding or organizing prohibited group gatherings and failing to wear a mask in public, may be liable to pay a fixed penalty of $5k.

For more detailed information on the gathering restrictions, please click this link:

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