Hong Kong’s social distancing measures extended until October 5, 2022


This implies that current restrictions on dining times and group sizes, mask-wearing, pre-testing for banquet entry, and passive verification of LeaveHomeSafe logins remain in place.

The Hong Kong government has announced the extension of existing social distancing measures, which will now remain in place from September 22 to October 5, 2022.

This extension is applicable to all existing measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, namely:

  • Allow all catering premises and scheduled premises to continue to operate subject to strict compliance with the requirements, in particular those concerning:
    • Vaccination pass,
    • code red,
    • Amber Code,
    • Test.

  • Wearing a mask for citizens on carriers and in specified public places,
  • Prohibition of collective gatherings of more than four people in public places.

The specific social measures in place in Hong Kong are detailed below.


Here are the measures to remember for those responsible for a restaurant business:

  • From 0:00 a.m. to 4:59 a.m. every day, except for specific premises listed here, a catering business must continue to cease selling or providing food or beverages for consumption on the premises (on-premises catering measures) and to close any premises or part of premises in which food or beverages are sold or provided to be consumed on the spot. Take-out and deliveries are still allowed. A sign should be posted at the entrance to remind customers that no food or drink should be consumed in areas adjacent to catering premises.
  • All customers entering the catering premises for banquets or entering the bar/pub area therein must show proof of a negative rapid antigen test (RAT) result obtained within 24 hours or a negative PCR test result obtained within 48 hours. Otherwise, they should be refused entry.
  • The maximum number of people per table for the catering premises will be eight, and banquets of no more than 120 people will be permitted.
  • Live performances and dance activities will remain prohibited.
  • Bars/pubs can open daily from 5 a.m. to 1:59 a.m. the next day with a maximum number of four people per table and the total number of customers capped at 75% of their capacity. Live performances and dance activities will remain prohibited. All customers must continue to show proof of a negative RAT result within 24 hours or a negative PCR test result within 48 hours before entering the affected premises. Otherwise, they should be refused entry.
  • All customers, when away from the table, must not consume food or drink and must wear a mask, and they must scan the QR code of the place “LeaveHomeSafe” using the mobile application ” LeaveHomeSafe” on their cellphones/other mobile devices before entering the premises (excluding people ordering takeout only).
  • 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.

Premises programmed

Here are the measures to remember for those responsible for scheduled premises:

  • For swimming pools, sports premises, fitness centers, beauty salons and massage establishments, places of public entertainment, amusement places, amusement game centers, event premises, religious premises , hairdressing/barbershops, bathhouses, party halls, clubs/discotheques, karaoke establishments, mahjong-tin kau premises and cruise ships, managers must comply with the relevant restrictions under of Cape Town. 599F. This means:
    • All personnel involved in operations must perform a RAT once every three days before entering the premises.
    • Live performances and dance activities remain prohibited in clubs/nightclubs, and their patrons should continue to be refused entry unless they can present proof of a negative RAT result obtained in the 24 hours or a negative PCR test result obtained within 48 hours before entering the relevant premises.
    • 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 exchange requirement.

  • For clubhouses and hotels or bed and breakfasts, managers must continue to comply with the relevant restrictions under the Cape. 599F, and the catering premises, bars/pubs and programmed premises therein must comply with all applicable requirements.
  • For shopping centres, department stores, supermarkets and markets, the manager/manager must continue to comply with the relevant restrictions under the Cape. 599F, including compliance with relevant requirements for the use of “LeaveHomeSafe” and the vaccine pass under “passive screening”.
  • The restriction on the number of people allowed in premises such as cinemas, performance halls, museums, event and religious premises, etc., will remain at 85% of their capacity. Customers can eat and drink in the movie theaters.

Obligation to wear a mask

  • The obligation to wear the mask will be extended. This means that all people must wear a mask all the time when boarding or boarding a public carrier, entering or reporting to an MTR chargeable area, or entering or reporting to a specified public place.
  • Citizens are permitted not to wear masks if present in outdoor public places in country parks and special areas as defined in Section 2 of the Country Parks Ordinance (Cap. 208 ), or if they engage in strenuous physical activity (for example, exercising or jogging) in outdoor public places.
  • The person who does not wear a mask in accordance with the requirements may be refused boarding a common carrier or entering the relevant area, as well as being asked to wear a mask or disembark from the carrier or leave said area. The maximum penalty for such an offense is a level 3 fine ($10,000).
  • In addition, authorized public officials can issue penalty notices to people who do not wear masks in accordance, and those people can discharge their liability for the violation by paying a fixed fine of HK$5,000.

Group gatherings

  • Unless otherwise specified, collective gatherings of more than four people in public places will remain prohibited. The requirement for group gatherings also applies to catering premises, bars/pubs and scheduled premises governed by Cape Town. 599F.
  • Subject to applicable requirements, local group tours of up to 30 people may continue to operate, if and only if:
    • Relevant staff received three doses of vaccine and performed a RAT on the same day before the start of local group visit activities, and
    • All tour participants have met the requirements for the vaccine pass.

  • If all tour participants have completed a RAT on the same day of the tour before the start of 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 are subject to a maximum fine of $25,000 and six months imprisonment.

Future-oriented perspectives

The announcement of the extension comes as the number of new daily cases in Hong Kong has started to show signs of decline. “Now is a critical time to further stabilize the epidemic situation. To have a clear observation of the epidemic trend, the government has decided to maintain the existing social distancing measures during the next 14-day cycle,” explained the government spokesperson.

The spokesperson stressed the need to increase vaccination rates, especially for the elderly and children, and reminded the public of the latest updates to vaccine pass provisions.

Looking ahead, the statement noted, “In light of the ongoing epidemic development, the government does not rule out adjustments to individual social distancing measures.”

Image / Hong Kong CE John Lee broadcast

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