Public meal spaces to be provided

July 29, 2020

The Government announced that community halls or community centres in 18 districts will be open to provide meal spaces for those in need during lunch hours starting tomorrow.


The announcement was made after the Government put into effect the cessation of dine-in services at catering businesses as part of tightening social distancing measures under the Prevention & Control of Disease (Requirements & Directions) (Business & Premises) Regulation (Cap 599F).


In a statement issued tonight, the Government explained that to help members of the public to take their own meal and have lunch in a covered space while the measure is in force, the Home Affairs Department will open 19 community halls or community centres in 18 districts from 11am to 3pm.


The Government reiterated that the measure aims to curb the continued spread of COVID-19 in the community by minimising eating in groups and reducing social contact.


It stated that the Government understands the measure will cause difficulties and inconvenience for the public and called for full co-operation to overcome the difficult time together.


Members of the public entering the community halls or centres are required to have their body temperature checked and wear a mask. Those with fever or respiratory symptoms will not be allowed to enter.


While eating, people should be seated as arranged by the community hall or centre to ensure there is a distance of at least 1.5 metres between each individual and maintain social distancing.


People must wear a mask except when eating or drinking. To minimise the gathering of groups, members of the public will have to leave the community hall or centre after finishing their meal.


Click here for the location of the community halls and community centres.

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