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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

143 air purifiers meet specifications

A total of 143 air purifiers meet specified specifications for dine-in catering premises and the composite list was uploaded to the Food & Environmental Hygiene Department's webpage for reference by catering premises operators and ventilation works contractors, the Government announced today.   The working group on the requirement on air change or air purifiers in dine-in restaurants has completed perusal of the information on air purifiers received before the March 28 deadline.   Information on a number of individual forms was incomplete. The working group's secretariat has approached those submitters through emails and asked them to provide the missing information before 5pm on April 11.   The working group is also handling late submissions and will cease accepting late submissions from 5pm on April 11.   To comply with the requirements on air change or air purifiers in catering premises under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Requirements & Directions) (Business & Premises) Regulation, catering premises operators are required to register at the department's webpage on or before April 30 that the air change per hour at seating areas of their premises has reached six, or air purifiers that meet the specified specifications have been installed according to the on-the-ground situation, together with a certificate issued by a registered specialist contractor.   Catering premises completing the registration can, upon the department's confirmation, download a notice online for display at the premises' entrance.
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