Transparent barriers enforcing social distancing measures can be seen on tables in a Hong Kong restaurant on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
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From bars and pubs to sports venues and karaoke rooms, Hong Kong will ban most public activities from Friday.
The Asian financial center will impose strict Covid-19 measures for two weeks – from Friday to January 20 – as the city prepares for the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant. They’ll be checked in a week.
“We are facing a very dire situation of a major outbreak in the community at any time, and so we must take very decisive action,” CEO Carrie Lam said on Wednesday as she announced a series of tough measures to contain the outbreak as early as possible.
The government announced that incoming flights from eight countries will be banned from Saturday to January 21st. These are: Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Hong Kong recorded 38 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday and has 12,708 confirmed cases to date. according to a government website.
So far, 73.4% of the total population has received two doses of a vaccine as of Thursday. according to government information.
Tightened social distancing rules include a ban on eating in restaurants after 6 p.m., closing theme parks, museums and venues, including fitness centers and bars.
The government is also canceling a mass cycling event, Cyclothon, and entertainment venues such as Hong Kong Disneyland, cruise ship tours, as well as nightclubs and karaoke events for 14 days starting Friday.
Here is a list of everything that will close on January 7th.
- During this period, restaurants must also discontinue their daily dine-in service for customers from 6:00 p.m. to 4:59 a.m. local time on the following day.
- Bars or pubs will be closed.
- Live performances and dance activities are not permitted in catering facilities. Karaoke or mahjong tin chewing activities should also be suspended.
- Entertainment venues closed: Theme parks, museums, party rooms, karaoke rooms, game centers, Chinese-style venues for mahjong and tin kau (dominoes), event and performance venues and cinemas will be closed.
- Sports and beauty activities: fitness centers, swimming pools, sports facilities, and beauty salons and bathhouses will also be closed.
- Tours are suspended: All local tours and “cruises to nowhere” are suspended.
- Visits to public hospitals and nursing homes have been discontinued.