More people at restaurant and bar tables as HK further eases Covid restrictions

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On Thursday, Hong Kong made slight changes to its social distancing rules, including allowing larger groups of people to gather in certain places.

The measures include increasing the maximum number of people per table in restaurants to 12, from eight, while bars and clubs will be allowed to seat six people per table, from four. Up to 240 people can attend a banquet, compared to 120 previously.

However, the requirement for rapid antigen testing for people visiting bars and banquets remains.

The size of groups allowed in gyms, theme parks, beauty salons and massage parlors will also be extended to 12 people instead of eight.

Separately, the eased measures saw a ‘circuit breaker’ system that prohibits ships carrying Covid-positive passengers from making ‘cruises to nowhere’ scrapped.

Speaking on a radio show this morning, lawmaker Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung, also a member of the Executive Council, said citizens were eagerly awaiting the 0+0 arrangement for inbound travelers – meaning no quarantine and no movement restrictions.

However, he noted that implementing the 0+0 arrangement is an unrealistic short-term dream.

Lam believes the next two weeks will be crucial, with chances of further easing border control measures if the tally of Covid cases continues its downward trend.

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