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After 6 dine-in ban, gathering and mask rules extended until Aug 18

10 August 2020

By The SUN

All public beaches, barbecue pits and other recreational facilities will remain closed for another week

The Hong Kong government announced last night (Aug 10) that it will extend anew  the toughest anti-gathering restrictions it has imposed in the wake of record rises in the number of coronavirus cases in the city.

These include a ban on dining services from 6pm to 5 am, the restriction against gathering of more than two people, and the compulsory wearing of masks in all public places, including all forms of transportation, which are all supposed to expire tomorrow.
The extension will apply for a week starting from midnight this Wednesday, Aug 12, until midnight of Aug 18.

Also to be extended is the closure of 14 forms of listed premises, including public beaches, swimming pools and various recreational facilities.
Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung announced the tough measures on Jul 27, as the third wave of infections reached record highs of more than 100 new cases each day.

This is the second time that the restrictions are being extended amid the continuing surge in cases, nearly all of them locally acquired.

Anyone found violating the restrictions will be liable to pay a fixed penalty of $2,000 or risk prosecution and a maximum fine of $25,000 and imprisonment for up to six months.

Cheung clarified that the exceptions to the rule on the gathering ban is when family members who live together go out as a group, or are all riding in a car.
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