Record high of over 150 new COVID-19 cases in HK today, sources, daytime dining for 2 per restaurant table to commence tomorrow


30th July 2020 – (Hong Kong) The third wave of COVID-19 epidemic in Hong Kong is severe, with more than 100 newly confirmed local cases in a single day in the past 8 days. According to sources, over 150 new confirmed cases were added as of 12am today, and the total number of cases in Hong Kong has so far been 3,153.

A government spokesman said that after reviewing the actual situation of the catering business yesterday’s suspension of all-day dining, he understood the inconvenience and difficulties that the measure brought to working employees. Therefore, the government has decided that starting from tomorrow (July 31st), the catering business can resume the provision of daytime (that is, from 5 am to 5:59 pm) dine-in services.

The number of customers in a catering premises shall not exceed half of the maximum of seats in the premises at any time, and no more than two persons may sit at the same table. The layout of the tables in any catering premises must ensure that there is a distance of at least 1.5 meters between any two tables that can be used by customers or partitions should be provided for effective separation. Premises used purely or mainly for the sale or supply of intoxicating alcoholic beverages (as defined in section 53(1) of the Dutiable Commodities Ordinance (Chapter 109)) for local consumption (generally called a bar or pub) and must be closed. The section of catering business premises that is solely or mainly used for the sale or supply of the above-mentioned alcoholic beverages for local consumption must be closed.

Live performances and dancing are not allowed in the catering premises, karaoke and mahjong activities in the catering premises shall be suspended. Other regulations and restrictions on catering business premises still apply i.e. wearing of masks at all times except during consumption of food and beverages, taking of body temperature of those entering the premises and provision of hand sanitizers, etc.