Hong Kong’s new phase of reopening to begin today

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Hong Kong’s new phase of reopening to begin today

Hong Kong announced its third stage of relaxation measures with Mahjong parlours and casinos reopening for business today

In a press conference, secretary for food and health in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR)Sophia Chanannounced the easing of social-distancing measures, along with lifting the two-person restriction imposed on restaurants and public gatherings to four from two. 

Amusement gaming centres, places of public entertainment, mahjong-tin kau premises and sports venues will reopen today Friday 11th. 

Food Safety Forum 2016 - A New Paradigm to Deliver Consumer Trust Through Food Chain Visibility (successfully completed) | GS1 Hong KongSome museums, performance venues and public libraries will reopen gradually from September 14. Nightclubs and swimming pools will remain closed until the next phase. 

Swimming pools, karaoke’s and nightclubs as well as conventions and exhibition industry will be reopened in the next stage if the epidemic situation is contained. 

Chan said the measures of the new phase will last at least seven days till September 17The number of Covid-19 cases diagnosed in the city has dropped and only 6 new cases were reported on Tuesday. 

Chan said, “Not only are we considering the epidemic situation, we are also considering the necessity of the activities as well as whether they are essential to daily life, and also the infection risks that can be substantially reduced by enhancing disease prevention and control measures. 

“We also look into the activities themselves, whether it is a mask-off activity and mask off for how long, and so on and so forth.” Chan added. 

The HKSAR government said it had approached 11 countries over long-sought travel bubbles. Health authorities from respective countries must mutually recognise test results to reduce the risk of travelers. Travel bubbles may include pre-trip virus testing, re-testing upon arrival, limited to designated tourist spots, etc. Some countries or regions will only allow business travelers to go first. 

The secretary for commerce and economic development, Edward Yau, said “The timetable for creating a travel bubble would be a matter of striking a bilateral agreement between Hong Kong and the partnering country. It all depends on how ready and how comfortable both parties are with the situation.” 

The 11 countries include Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Switzerland, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore. 

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