Hong Kong Opens Up: Relaxation of Social Distancing Regulations
The group gathering restrictions have been relaxed and most government run leisure and cultural venues are now re-opened.
Social Distancing Measures
On 15 June the government amended social distancing regulations with effect from 19 June, these restrictions will be reviewed on 2 July.
The number of people allowed in group gatherings in public places will be relaxed from 8 to 50. Catering businesses are excempt from the 50 person limit and there will be no limit on table sizes in restaurants and banqueting venues. But in bars/pubs and nightclubs the there will be an 8 person per table limit.
Live performances and dancing can resume but performers must wear masks where social distancing or some form of partition is not possible.
Leisure & Cultural Facilities
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced on 17 June that more leisure and cultural facilities and venues will open.
These will re-open on 22 June.
Most non-fee charging sports facilities will re-open on 20 June, including outdoor soccer pitches, cricket grounds, basketball courts, volleyball courts, handball courts, netball courts, a roller hockey court and gateball courts.
Two more public swimming pools will open in addition to the those already open (find the full list of open swimming pools here).
The following fee-charging leisure facilities will reopen from 22 June: grass soccer pitches, baseball courts, rugby pitches, cricket grounds, hockey grounds, basketball courts, volleyball courts, netball courts, the Sanshou Training Hall at Lei Yue Mun Sports Centre and the contact sports centre at Pei Ho Street Sports Centre.
The opening arrangement of bowling greens, golf driving range, sports climbing facilities and craft hiring in water sports centres will resume normally from 22 June. The limit on the number of users in dance rooms/activity rooms will also be relaxed.
All of the LCSD’s performance venues will be opened for performances or activities with live audiences from 19 June with special seating arrangements. The audience size in major facilities of the venues such as concert halls, theatres, auditoriums, cultural activities halls and arenas will be limited to half of the original capacity. Consecutive seats will be limited to 16 and alternate rows will be taken where practicable.
All re-opened museums and cultural venues, except the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Hong Kong Space Museum, will resume normal opening hours on 22 June and current arrangement of admission by sessions will be cancelled. Visitors will be able to enter these museums on a first-come, first-served basis and visitors flow will be limited in the museums. Children’s facilities in the museums will remain closed. The Science Museum and Space Museum will continue to arrange visits by sessions, each lasting two hours, with admission quota to limit visitor flow. Special opening hours will apply (except on regular closing days, the Science Museum will be open from 10am to 5pm while the Space Museum will be open from 12.30pm to 5pm).
Except Lek Yuen Public Library, all libraries will be open from 22 June and implement special opening hours. To avoid people gathering, the libraries will arrange admission by sessions, with each session lasting about one to two hours. Crowd control measures will apply to limit visitors flow in the libraries. Lending and returning of library materials and picking up reserved library materials will be offered. The newspapers and periodicals areas will be reopened with reduced seating capacity. All mobile libraries will resume service on 29 June.
As all book drop service, self-service library stations and almost all public libraries have resumed or reopened, the counting of overdue fines shall be resumed from 20 July.