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Social distancing measures to continue until Jul 13

27 June 2022

By The SUN

It's still 4 to a group in public places, but up to 8 people may eat together in restaurants

The government announced today, Jun 27, that the existing social distancing measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus will be extended for two more weeks from Thursday, Jun 30, until Jul 13.

Separately, health officials reported 1,719 local cases and 154 imported ones on Monday, for a total tally of 1,873. This is a slight decrease from yesterday’s caseload of 1,917.

The government said in a statement that the decision to continue the gathering restrictions was taken given the stable infection situation, and after consultation with the incoming administration of the Chief Executive-elect John Lee.


With more people out in public and increased social interactions, the number of cases has continued its upward trend and a number of infection clusters have emerged, said the statement. There has also been an increase in the viral load found in sewage samples.

However, the number of patients requiring hospitalization has remained low and there is no sign of a significant increase in severe cases or deaths.

The extension of the anti-pandemic restrictions means the recent rule requiring all patrons of bars, clubs and party houses to present a negative result for a rapid test done within 24 hours before being allowed entry remains in force.


Bars are also allowed to sit only a maximum of four people to a table, and must not allow live performances or dancing. But they can remain open until 2am the next day.

Restaurants, on the other hand, are allowed to offer dine-in services only until midnight, but can sit up to eight people to a table. They can also sell food for take-out until 6am the following day.

In both places, patrons are allowed to take off their masks while eating or drinking at their table during specified times, but not when they get up to go elsewhere.

The government also reminded the public that three doses of a vaccine are required before they can enter premises where a vaccine pass is required.

All existing arrangements for using the LeaveHomeSafe mobile application in various premises will remain in place.

Unless exempted, group gatherings of more than four persons in public places will remain prohibited.


Masks should be worn by everyone when in public places, including public transportation.

The maximum penalty for violating the restrictions is a fine of $10,000 which can be dispensed by paying a fixed penalty of $5,000.

Organizers of prohibited group gatherings are subject to a maximum fine of $25,000 and imprisonment for six months.

Press for details

For a more detailed list of the restrictions, please check the government’s press release, along with the annexes, here:

Au says Victoria Harbour Restaurant in Tuen Mun has been closed for failing to meet air flow requirements

Meanwhile, the Centre for Health Protection said at today’s press briefing that four more infections have been traced to an outbreak at the Victoria Harbour Restaurant in Tuen Mun, bringing the total number of infections there to 41.

Dr Albert Au said an investigation showed that the restaurant had failed to comply with ventilation requirements set out by the government, meaning the amount of fresh air supply pumped into the premises per hour was below standard.

The restaurant has been closed and will be allowed to reopen only once the authorities are assured that it has initiated the necessary changes to comply with the ventilation requirements.


Au said experts are still unable to determine who or what had caused the outbreak in the restaurant which affected people who had dined there starting at 6pm on Jun 16.

At the schools, a total of 464 cases were reported from 335 different campuses, of which only about a quarter came from positive test results this morning. The rest were detected starting on Friday afternoon and during the weekend.

Seven schools were asked to suspend for seven days certain classes where a number of infections had been detected.

Au said the total infection tally in the fifth wave has now reached 1,227,190 cases.

No new death was reported so the tally remains at 9,185.


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