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Govt to enhance securities trading

It is a pleasure to be here with you today, especially after an accident that has reminded me of the importance of staying vigilant even in relatively peaceful times. Continuously enhancing competitiveness despite good business is also a theme I wish to harp on in today's speech.   Some of you may recall that I last spoke to you in November 2018. That was into the second year of my tenure, witnessing the celebration of the 40th anniversary of our nation's reform and opening up, and the consecutive opening of two major pieces of cross-boundary transport infrastructure - the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. All seemed bright and well. And then we all have some frightening memories of what Hong Kong had gone through in the following two years. Few would disagree that it has been a very challenging period for Hong Kong, particularly with the riots in the latter half of 2019 during which some banks were

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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