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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

Tests at restricted area completed

The Government announced that the compulsory testing exercise and enforcement operation for the restricted area in Tseung Kwan O finished today.   It exercised the power under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Compulsory Testing for Certain Persons) Regulation on March 19 to make a restriction-testing declaration, requiring people within the specified restricted area at Tower 9, La Splendeur, LOHAS Park to stay in their premises and undergo compulsory testing.   The Government also issued a compulsory testing notice to those who had been present in the building for more than two hours from March 6 to 19 to undergo compulsory testing on or before March 21, even if they were not in the restricted area when the declaration took effect.   As at 2am, 1,235 residents were tested and a second collection of specimen will be arranged for one of the residents as the original specimen collected was not suitable for testing.   Meanwhile, 13 people were found to have not undergone compulsory testing during the enforcement operation.   The Government assigned staff to visit about 450 households, of which around 60 did not answer the door.   Those who did not answer the door are urged to contact the Government to arrange testing as soon as possible.
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