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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 maintained

The Government today announced that it will maintain most of the social distancing measures currently in place for another 14 days starting tomorrow.   The existing catering business requirements and restrictions will be maintained during the specified period.   Except for bars or pubs which are subject to other requirements, all catering businesses must operate according to one operating mode among Types A, B, C and D Mode of Operation.   The existing requirements and restrictions applicable to bathhouses, party rooms, clubs or nightclubs, karaoke establishments and mahjong-tin kau premises will be maintained.   Meanwhile, the Government will refine the measures applicable to public skating rinks, cinemas, sports premises and swimming pools.   The current prohibition on group gatherings of more than four people in public places, as well as the mask-wearing requirement will continue.   The Government will gazette the directions and specifications under relevant regulations.
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