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13 building plans approved in Nov

The Buildings Department approved 13 building plans in November - two on Hong Kong Island, six in Kowloon and five in the New Territories.   Of the approved plans, eight were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, two for commercial developments, one for factory and industrial developments, and two for community services developments.   Consent was given for works to start on 11 building projects which will provide 210,471 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 2,595 units and 83,060 sq m for non-domestic use.   Additionally, the department received notification of commencement of superstructure works for nine building projects.   The department also issued 16 occupation permits - three on Hong Kong Island, five in Kowloon and eight in the New Territories.   Buildings certified for occupation have 53,034 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use involving 1,355 units and 168,627 sq m for non-domestic use. http://dlvr.it/Sh3Dtw

Social distancing rules to be relaxed

The Government announced that it will further relax social distancing measures based on the vaccine bubble concept from June 24 to July 7.   The existing requirements and restrictions applicable to types A and B catering business will be maintained, while the maximum number of customers will be relaxed to 75% of the premises’ normal seating capacity for type C catering business.   For type D premises, the vaccination requirements for customers will be lowered to two-thirds of the people at the same table having received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The maximum number of customers will be relaxed to 100% of the normal seating capacity, with the maximum number of customers at the same table increased to 12 and the maximum number of banquet participants increased to 180.   For bars and pubs, if all staff have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, the maximum number of customers will be relaxed to 75% of the normal seating capacity, and the maximum number of same-table customers will be increased to four. The opening hours will remain the same.   If all staff have been fully vaccinated for 14 days, bars and pubs may operate every day from 5am to 3.59am on the subsequent day. The maximum number of customers will be relaxed to 100% of the normal seating capacity, while the maximum number of customers at the same table will be increased to eight.   Restrictions on customer capacity at party rooms, clubs or nightclubs, karaoke establishments and mahjong-tin kau premises will be eased given all staff have received the first dose of the vaccine, the Government explained.   In addition, live performances may take place in type D and a number of scheduled premises if the performers have received the first jab and adopted infection control measures like wearing masks during performances. Separately, fully vaccinated performers in theme parks can be exempted from wearing masks at outdoor performances.   All participants of a training group in a fitness centre can be exempted from wearing masks during exercise if everyone in the room has been fully vaccinated and adequate distance is maintained between each other.    The maximum number of people allowed in swimming pools will be 50% of capacity. If all staff and customers have completed their vaccine course, the cap will be relaxed to 100% of the capacity.   The Government noted that the relaxation measures are also applicable to relevant facilities in exhibition centres, hotels and private clubhouses.   The current mandatory mask-wearing requirement, and the prohibition on group gatherings of more than four people in public places, unless exempted, will be extended during the period, the Government added.
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