Hong Kong bans all dine-in services and public gatherings of more than two

28 Jul, 2020 03:51
source: Singularity Financial

Singularity Financial Hong Kong July 28, 2020 – Hong Kong will ban all dine-in services at restaurants and public gatherings of more than two people not from the same family starting Wednesday, as the city’s worst coronavirus outbreak shows no sign of abating.

On Monday, Hong Kong reported 142 local cases, the sixth consecutive day that new infections were above a hundred, bringing the city’s total to more than 2,700. Before this month, the reported number of daily locally transmitted infections had never topped 28.

Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung said Monday that masks will also now be required in outdoors areas, with only medical exemptions. Any offenders will face fines of up to 5,000 Hong Kong dollars ($645), although he didn’t specify how the new measure would be enforced.

Sports venues and swimming pools are also being shut, adding to a list of closed businesses that included gyms, bars and beauty parlors. The new restrictions are for an initial period of one week before they’ll be reviewed.

Cheung also announced that the Chinese central government will help build a Wuhan-style makeshift hospital near Hong Kong’s airport with a capacity of around 2,000 hospital beds.

“The epidemic situation is critical,” Cheung said, adding that the next few weeks are extremely crucial for the city. “We are facing a high risk of community outbreak.”

Sophia Chan, Hong Kong’s health secretary, said that authorities were aiming to expand testing. They planned to test sellers at 300 markets and around 14,000 minibus drivers.