Hong Kong will loosen a series of restrictions on community activities in the midst of a pandemic Covid-19. With this relaxation, bars can be open until 02.00 local time.
Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, announced that the easing of the rules would be gradual.
On Thursday (5/5), the beaches and swimming pools will reopen. The restaurant can also serve eight people at one table.
Starting May 19, you can only open until 02.00. On that date, Hong Kong also began to allow the reopening of karaoke and other entertainment venues.
Lam said Hong Kong relaxed this rule due to the downward trend in Covid-19 cases in the region.
Hong Kong’s health authorities reported 283 cases of Covid-19 last Monday. This is the first time the number of Covid-19 cases has been below 300 in nearly three months.
“The Covid-19 figure dropped to triple digits in mid-April and did not rise, despite increased foot traffic over the two holidays,” Lam said.
With the easing of this rule, he hopes that residents can enjoy Hong Kong’s Mother’s Day which falls on May 8 with their respective family members.
The Covid-19 restrictions have devastated businesses in Hong Kong and triggered an outflow of some 70,000 people in February and March, up from nearly 17,000 last December.
For some, the easing of these restrictions is too late as many businesses in the food and beverage industry have had to lay off staff as they struggle to pay rent.
Life in the region is now gradually returning to normal, with schools resuming face-to-face classes and many people returning to work from the office.