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Social distancing to be relaxed

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Government plans to adjust the social distancing measures for restaurants based on staff and customers having been vaccinated against COVID-19 and patrons using the LeaveHomeSafe mobile application.   Chief Executive Carrie Lam made the statement during a press conference today, noting that Hong Kong was entering a new phase in its fight against the virus.   Under the “vaccine bubble”, the number of people allowed to be seated together at one table in restaurants will be increased from four to six, and their dine-in service can be extended from 10pm to midnight on the condition that all staff have been vaccinated and patrons use the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app.   Customers using the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app when entering the eatery would no longer need to fill in their personal information on a paper form.   If all the restaurant staff are fully vaccinated with both doses, plus 14 days for

18 virus cases reported

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 18 additional COVID-19 cases, of which 13 are locally transmitted.   Among the local cases, two have unknown sources of infection.   One of the cases involves a 41-year-old woman who is a staff member of the US Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau. She was asymptomatic and last went to work on March 12.   She lives in Dynasty Court, Mid-Levels and underwent virus testing on March 15 under a restriction-testing declaration in respect of a specified restricted area on Old Peak Road. She tested positive that day.   Another untraceable case involves a 38-year-old information technology engineer who lives in 16 Tai Hang Road, Causeway Bay.   He developed runny nose on March 10 and his sample collected on March 14 was positive. He last worked on March 15.   Regarding the five imported cases, the patients arrived from Pakistan, Turkey, Ukraine and the Philippines.   For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government's dedicated webpage.
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