Govt to ease social distancing rules

September 30, 2022

The Government today announced that it will relax some social distancing measures from October 6.

It said the COVID-19 epidemic situation in Hong Kong has recently subsided and that the number of daily new cases has seen a decrease from more than 11,000 in early September to hovering between 3,000 and 4,000 in recent days.


On the premise of containing transmission risk, the Government decided to relax certain social distancing measures in the next 14-day cycle to enable more social and economic activities, with a view to striking a balance between transmission risk and economic vitality.


Starting October 6, five social distancing measures will be eased.


The maximum number of people per table in catering premises will be increased from eight to 12.


The limit on the number of people per group for all activities in scheduled premises will be relaxed from eight to 12.


The maximum number of people per table for bars, pubs, clubs and nightclubs will be increased from four to six.


The maximum number of people for banquets in catering premises will be increased from 120 to 240, and the suspension mechanism for cruise-to-nowhere itineraries will be lifted.


Other requirements, such as mask-wearing on transport carriers and in specified public places, as well as the prohibition of group gatherings of more than four people in public places, remain in force.


Citizens are reminded that Vaccine Pass arrangements will be applicable to children aged five to 11 starting today. Children in this age group are required to have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for entering premises subject to the pass.

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