Mask-wearing requirements, group restrictions, LeaveHomeSafe and vaccine pass provisions continue; bar-goers are still required to test negative before entering.
Regarding the continued upward trend in the number of daily new cases and outbreaks, the Hong Kong government announced on June 27, 2022 (Monday) the extension of the existing social distancing measures for 14 days, which will be effective from June 30 to July 13, 2022.
Specific measures include:
- Apart from specific premisespermitted dining hours for catering premises continue from 5:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. daily;
- The maximum number of people per table for the catering premises will be eight and banquets not exceeding 120 people will be permitted;
- Bars/pubs can open every day from 5 a.m. to 1:59 a.m. the next day with a maximum number of four people per table and a total number of customers capped at 75% of their capacity;
- All patrons of bars, pubs, clubs and nightclubs, as well as those entering the bar/pub area inside a food service establishment, must continue to show proof of a negative rapid antigen test result ( RAT) obtained within 24 hours before entering the premises concerned. premises or area, otherwise entry should be refused;
- Live performances and dance activities will remain prohibited in catering premises, bars, pubs, clubs and discos;
- Other requirements and restrictions for catering premises and bars/pubs will remain in place, including:
- All customers must not consume food or drink and must wear a mask when away from the table;
- All customers must scan the LeaveHomeSafe website QR code using the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app on their mobile phones/other mobile devices before entering the premises (excluding those who only order food from carry) ;
- Must meet the relevant requirements on the Vaccine passes;
- Operators of catering premises and bars/pubs are required to use the latest government-provided “QR Code Verification Scanner” mobile application to scan the QR code of the vaccination record, medical exemption certificate or health record. client recovery.
- Managers of the following scheduled premises must comply with the relevant restrictions under the Cape. 599F, including compliance with relevant LeaveHomeSafe and Vaccine Pass requirements:
- swimming pools;
- sports premises;
- fitness centers;
- beauty salons and massage establishments;
- places of public entertainment;
- amusement places;
- amusement game centers;
- event premises;
- religious premises;
- barbers/hair salons;
- public baths;
- party rooms;
- karaoke establishments;
- mahjong/tin kau premises; and
- cruise ships.
- Staff members and customers must wear a mask at all times, except in exempt circumstances;
- Citizens are allowed not to wear a mask when exercising in sports premises as well as in fitness centers that meet the air change requirement;
- The manager/manager of shopping malls, department stores, supermarkets and markets must continue to comply with the “passive verification” requirements on LeaveHomeSafe and the Vaccine Pass.
- The restriction of the number of people authorized in premises such as cinemas, performance halls, museums, event and religious premises, etc. will remain at 85% capacity. Customers can eat and drink in the movie theaters.
The obligation to wear a mask extends
- A person must wear a mask all the time when boarding or boarding a common carrier, entering or reporting at an MTR chargeable area, or entering or reporting at a specified public place;
- Citizens are allowed not to wear a mask if they are present in outdoor public places in natural parks and special areas, or if they carry out intense physical activity (for example, exercising or jogging). jogging) in outdoor public places;
- If a person does not wear a mask in accordance with the requirement, an authorized person may prohibit them from boarding a common carrier or entering the relevant area, as well as requiring them to wear a mask and get off the carrier or to leave said area. A person who violates the relevant provision commits an offense and the maximum penalty is a fine of HK$10,000;
- Authorized public officials can issue penalty notices to people who do not wear masks in accordance with the requirement and those people can discharge their liability for the violation by paying a fixed fine of HK$5,000.
Restrictions on group gatherings
- Unless otherwise specified, collective gatherings of more than four people in public places will remain prohibited. The requirement also applies to group gatherings in Cape Town-regulated catering premises, bars/pubs and scheduled premises. 599F in which the relevant requirements or restrictions are not met;
- Visits by local groups not exceeding 30 people can continue to be organized subject to the relevant requirements:
- Relevant staff received three doses of vaccine and performed a RAT on the same day before the start of local group visit activities;
- All tour participants have met current vaccine pass requirements;
- If all tour participants have completed the RAT on the same day before the start of the local group tour activities, the relevant restriction on the number of participants will be relaxed to 100 people.
- Anyone who participates in a prohibited collective gathering; organizes a prohibited collective gathering; owns, controls or operates the venue of such gathering; and knowingly authorizes the holding of such an assembly commits an offense under the Disease Prevention and Control (Prohibition of Assembly) Regulations (Cap. 599G). Violators face a maximum fine of HK$25,000 and a six-month prison term. People who participate in a prohibited group gathering can discharge their liability for the offense by paying a fixed fine of HK$5,000.
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