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Outdoor sports venues to reopen from tomorrow

08 February 2021

By The SUN 

Jogging tracks are among those that will reopen, but under strict distancing measures

Outdoor sports facilities run by the government through the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will reopen from tomorrow, Feb. 9, in a first sign of the easing of strict anti-Covid restriction imposed since Dec 10 last year.

However, most will close down again over the Lunar New Year holidays. 

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Among those that will be reopened are outdoor running tracks in sports grounds (for jogging only), tennis courts, bowling greens, gateball courts, Ngau Chi Wan Park archery range, Shek O obstacle golf course, cycling facilities, outdoor badminton courts, outdoor table tennis tables, and the sports climbing walls, archery range, golf driving range and practice greens at Tuen Mun Recreation and Sports Centre.

Amusement parks, beaches and barbecue areas will remain closed.

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Ahead of the reopening, Secretary for Home Affairs Caspar Tsui went on a site inspection visit to Victoria Park in Causeway Bay today, Feb 8. He checked preparations being made by staff to limit the number of players permitted inside courts or lanes, the closing of spectator stands, placing of disinfectant carpets, and other anti-virus measures.

The LCSD has also arranged for staff members at relevant venues to undergo Covid-19 testing once every 14 days in order to safeguard their health and that of the public.


Tsui reminded anyone who uses the reopened leisure facilities to take note of social distancing, and to wear a mask before and after exercising.

He also advised would-be users to download and install the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile app in advance to avoid delaying their visits. Those who opt to register their personal information on-site are reminded to arrive earlier to avoid delaying their visits as a longer time is required for such registration.


Under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Cap 599F), users are required to scan the "LeaveHomeSafe" QR code or register their names, contact number and the date and time of the visit before being allowed to enter sports premises to be reopened, for contact tracing if a confirmed case is found.

Tsui (in white) with LCSD officers on a site visit at Victoria Park

Online booking of the facilities via Leisure Link started on Saturday, Feb 6 while the booking office of the District Leisure Services resumed operation today. Counter bookings and self-service kiosk at the venues will resume from tomorrow.

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Outdoor sports premises under the LCSD will continue to be open to sub-groups with no more than two persons playing together. They should keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters, or with partitions between them.

The outdoor facilities will mostly close during the first three days of the Lunar New Year (Feb 12 to 14) while parks and playgrounds operated by the LCSD will remain open.


Some outdoor venues will, however reopen a day early, or on Feb 14, like the tennis courts and the archery range at Ngau Chi Wan Park, and the sports climbing walls, archery range, golf driving range and practice greens at Tuen Mun Recreation and Sports Centre.

Details of the opening arrangements for LCSD sports venues during the Lunar New Year holidays will be posted at venues and uploaded here: (



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