Citizens flock to bars and karaoke parlors on first day of reopening

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Citizens flocked to bars and karaoke parlors on the first day of their long-awaited reopening on Thursday.

Some bars in Tsim Sha Tsui opened from midnight Thursday for two hours of operation. Bars cannot have more than four customers per table with 75% customer capacity. They can work until 2am.

In Lan Kwai Fong, citizens were once again happy to drink in bars after work as police and Tobacco and Alcohol Control Bureau staff patrolled the area.

Lan Kwai Fong group chairman Allan Zeman said eight nightclubs in a building in his group were full last night as he expected Friday and weekend business to be good.

Hong Kong Bar and Club Association representative Chan Hing said his bar saw 60-70% bookings on the first day of its reopening.

“We have events and small themed parties for the reopening…and it’s sold out this weekend, with a client booking in early April,” he said.

Regulated premises, including bars, party rooms, karaoke parlors, mahjong parlors and bathhouses, reopened on Thursday in the second stage of social distancing relaxation.

Restaurants may also offer dine-in services until midnight, while eating and drinking is permitted in cinemas. Karaoke lounges and party rooms cannot accommodate more than eight people in one room.

A queue was seen outside a karaoke lounge in Mong Kok before it opened at 11am. Customers also lined up at another karaoke lounge in Wan Chai from noon.

Lam Hon-yin, president of the Hong Kong Party Hall Association, said some larger halls designed for groups of 30 to 40 people have been refurbished into smaller groups to accommodate the authorities’ ceiling. eight people in a room.

He also said some facilities will be closed, such as ball pits, and guests won’t be able to hot pot or barbecue.

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