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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

Testing for ship services sector set

The Transport & Housing Bureau today said it will provide regular COVID-19 tests for frontline workers of the designated ship services sector from tomorrow.   The testing will be arranged for workers of companies providing services such as bunkering and reprovisioning of necessities to ocean-going vessels and/or river trade vessels.   The bureau explained that the testing is voluntary. Frontline workers who wish to participate are required to be registered for taking the test at specific time slots every 14 days at Hoi Kwai Road Public Transport Interchange in Tsuen Wan West.   Duty officers of the testing institution will collect the combined nasal and throat swab specimens from the participating workers for examination.   In case of a positive test result, the Centre for Health Protection, the bureau and the respective companies will be notified for further follow-up action.   The testing arrangement will last until July 31 tentatively.   Individual ship services operators may also continue with their ongoing arrangement for providing regular testing for their staff.   The bureau appealed to frontline workers of the designated ship services sector to actively participate in the regular testing arrangement with a view to safeguarding public health and minimising the risk of spreading the virus in the community.   Frontline workers are also encouraged to participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.
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