“LeaveHomeSafe” app to be made compulsory for catering premises, cinemas, theme parks etc effective from 9th Dec (Updated: 10pm)

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23rd November 2021 – (Hong Kong) The government announced today (23rd) that it will gazette most of the existing social distancing measures for 14 days until the 8th of next month. The Hong Kong Government stated that under the premise that the COVID-19 epidemic continues to be stable, the operation of cruise ships has gradually become smoother, and has taken into account a series of stringent health and epidemic prevention measures that must be followed by cruise operations.

  “Amid the severe pandemic situation across the world, the Government strives to maintain the anti-epidemic strategy of guarding against the importation of cases and the resurgence of domestic infections with the target of zero infection to protect public health and foster favourable conditions for resuming cross-boundary travel with the Mainland and cross-border travel in future. To this end, we need to maintain most of the social distancing measures currently in place. Meanwhile, subject to stable epidemic situation, in view of the increasingly smooth operation of the ‘cruise-to-nowhere’ itineraries and the set of stringent health control safeguards adopted by the cruise lines, starting from 1st December, the current passenger capacity limit of cruise ships at 50 per cent of the normal capacity will be adjusted to 75 per cent of the normal capacity,” a spokesman for the Food and Health Bureau said today.

In addition, in order to enhance the efficiency and accuracy of exposure risk tracing and testing upon identification of a confirmed case as a way to tackle the more transmissible variant strains and to enhance the epidemic control capacity to protect members of the public, starting from December 9 (i.e. the commencement of the cycle of social distancing measures following the next), the requirement to use the “LeaveHomeSafe” (LHS) mobile application will be extended to all premises regulated under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F). This means that all customers or users must first scan the LHS venue QR code using the LHS mobile application before entering the premises which include catering premises, cinemas, theme parks, fitness centres and beauty parlours. The social distancing measures of that round will be updated to include the relevant requirements.

 “We will closely liaise with the relevant trades in the coming two weeks to ensure the smooth implementation of the relevant measures. We appeal to the public to co-operate and comply with the relevant requirements in order to further enhance the anti-epidemic capacity of Hong Kong,” the spokesman added.
 
The spokesman said that vaccination is a crucial part of the local anti-epidemic strategy. The Government will continue to review and implement additional measures to increase the overall vaccination rate, including the possibility of extending the scope of a “vaccine bubble”, and closely monitor the vaccination enhancement measures adopted in the Mainland and overseas.
 

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