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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

No virus cases in restricted area

The Government announced that the compulsory testing exercise for the restricted area in Tsim Sha Tsui finished today with no confirmed COVID-19 cases found.   It exercised the power under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation on March 8 to make a restriction-testing declaration, requiring people within the specified restricted area of Tsim Sha Tsui Mansion to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing.   The Government also issued a compulsory testing notice to those who had been at the building for more than two hours from February 23 to March 8 to undergo compulsory testing on or before March 10 even if they were not in the building when the declaration took effect.   About 500 residents were tested.   Meanwhile, the Government assigned staff to visit about 520 households, including more than 30 guesthouses with about 180 rooms, of which about 260 households or rooms did not answer the door. These include some households with confirmed cases or are undergoing quarantine and some units that are possibly vacant. Follow-up measures will be taken.   Enforcement actions are underway to verify that all people in the restricted area have been tested.
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