More public facilities to reopen

June 17, 2020

In light of the latest COVID-19 situation, the Leisure & Cultural Services Department announced today that it will reopen more of its facilities and venues.


Outdoor soccer pitches, cricket grounds, basketball, volleyball, handball, netball, a roller hockey and gateball courts will reopen from June 20.


Siu Sai Wan Swimming Pool and Morse Park Swimming Pool will reopen on the same day.


Fee-charging leisure facilities including grass soccer pitches, baseball courts, rugby pitches, cricket grounds, hockey grounds, basketball, volleyball and netball courts, the Sanshou Training Hall at Lei Yue Mun Sports Centre and the contact sports centre at Pei Ho Street Sports Centre will reopen from June 22.


Outdoor non-fee-charging children's playgrounds and road safety towns will also reopen.


Members of the public can book the reopened fee charging land leisure facilities via Leisure Link’s Internet Booking Service, Leisure Link Booking Office of the reopened facilities, Leisure Link Booking Office and self-service kiosks starting June 20.


The department said venue users must not conduct group gatherings of more than the number of people stipulated by law.


Measures implemented at reopened facilities will include stepping up cleansing work, arranging body temperature screening for all people entering indoor venues, limiting the use of facilities and number of users and closing spectator stands.


Regarding cultural venues, all of the department’s performance venues will be opened for performances or activities with live audiences from June 19 with special seating arrangements.


Audience numbers in major facilities 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.


For activities to be held in minor facilities such as rehearsal rooms, music and dance studios and lecture, function and conference rooms, no more than 16 consecutive seats in a cluster may be occupied with appropriate distance maintained between groups.


The number of users in these facilities will be limited to half of the original capacity in most cases. Audiences will need to wear their own masks in the venues.


All reopened museums and cultural venues, except the Hong Kong Science Museum and the Hong Kong Space Museum, will resume normal opening hours on June 22 and current arrangement of admission by sessions will be cancelled.


Except for Lek Yuen Public Library, all other 31 small libraries will be reopened on June 22 and implement special opening hours.


Visitors to performance venues, museums and libraries must use hand sanitiser and will be subject to temperature checks before admission.


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