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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

Voting system briefings held

Secretary for Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Erick Tsang today chaired five virtual briefing sessions to introduce the background, principles and main contents of improving Hong Kong's electoral system to associations of Hong Kong residents in the Mainland as well as Hong Kong people doing business, working and studying there.   The virtual briefing sessions were arranged by Mainland offices of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government in Beijing, Guangdong, Shanghai, Chengdu and Wuhan.   Mr Tsang also exchanged views with the participants on the new electoral system and relevant arrangements.   He said the implementation of the improved electoral system will plug the loopholes in and eliminate the deficiencies of the existing system.   Mr Tsang added that constructing a political structure that reflects Hong Kong's actual situation, fully conforms to the constitutional order under the “one country, two systems” principle and manifests Hong Kong characteristics can thereby ensure “patriots administering Hong Kong” and enhance the governance efficacies of the Hong Kong SAR Government, thus achieving good governance, developing the economy, improving people's livelihood and resolving various deep-seated problems with a view to ensuring the continued success of the “one country, two systems” and maintaining Hong Kong's prosperity and stability.   The Hong Kong people living in the Mainland who took part in the virtual briefing sessions, fully supported the current work of improving the electoral system and said that they hoped for its expeditious completion to allow Hong Kong society to relaunch and scale new heights.   The virtual briefing session participants also expressed concerns over the composition of the new Representatives of associations of Hong Kong residents in the Mainland subsector of the Election Committee's fourth Sector under the new electoral system.   Mr Tsang explained that relevant details are being worked out in an expeditious manner for submission to the Legislative Council for scrutiny.   The subsector's composition by corporate electors will be decided based on three criteria, the representation and relevance of the association among the community and its adherence to the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong”.   Mr Tsang had fruitful interactions and exchanges with the Hong Kong people in the Mainland during the virtual briefing sessions and answered their questions relating to the electoral system improvements.   Having joined these sessions, the participants said that they gained a deeper understanding on the relevant electoral arrangements, as well as the thoughts and goodwill of the country and Hong Kong SAR, and will give their full support to the work of improving the electoral system.   Mr Tsang appreciated that despite not being in Hong Kong, those living in the Mainland are very much connected to the city and hoped that they can make contributions to the country and Hong Kong.   The new Representatives of associations of Hong Kong residents in the Mainland subsector is therefore added to the Election Committee under the new electoral system.   Mr Tsang hoped that they would continue to support the work of improving the electoral system and contribute to the developments of the country and Hong Kong in the future.
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