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(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

Electoral change objective clear

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said the National People's Congress' deliberation on a decision to improve the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's electoral system aims to ensure that Hong Kong is administered by patriots.   Mrs Lam made the statement when speaking to the media this afternoon.   She said: "The improvements to the electoral system in the Hong Kong SAR are not designed to favour someone. They are designed to ensure that whoever is administering Hong Kong is patriotic.   "And this is only right in terms of political ethics - how could one who is governing a place not be patriotic to that country? It is inconceivable.   "So this is the objective of this exercise and I've made it very clear that the improvements only seek to ensure that it is patriots administering Hong Kong."   Mrs Lam noted that only when this requirement has been fulfilled can Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity be ensured, adding it will help safeguard the city’s constitutional order under the Basic Law and resolve the city’s deep-seated problems.   "Once Hong Kong people realise all these justifications, I'm sure that they will take these elections very seriously because by returning people who are patriotic, who are going to follow the ‘one country, two systems’, then Hong Kong will have a much brighter future in terms of economic development and prosperity."   Mrs Lam pointed out that Hong Kong people will continue to have a role in the future development of the city’s political structure and stressed it has to take place within the proper constitutional framework.   "What we are now seeing are deficiencies in the electoral system which could be exploited by people, including some external forces, and hence return politicians who may take advantage of their position to undermine governance, or even to undermine national security and development interests of the country.   “So when everything is now being restored to its proper constitutional order since Basic Law Article 45 and Basic Law Article 68 are being maintained and retained, then the chance will come, the time will come for Hong Kong's political system to continue to move forward in a gradual and orderly manner with a view to achieving that ultimate objective of universal suffrage in the selection of the Chief Executive."
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