Patrons will also be allowed to unmask during photo-taking on stage at events and banquets.
Following the easing of group gathering rules, the HKSAR government has announced to suitably relax social distancing measures further with effect from 3 November 2022 (Thursday) after having taken into account the latest epidemic development and relevant factors.
The three measures that will be relaxed from 3 November 2022 (Thursday) include:
- Restrictions on the operating and dine-in hours for catering business premises and scheduled premises under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F) will be lifted;
- Patrons will be allowed not to wear their masks during photo-taking on stage at events held at catering business premises, premises where events are held and other scheduled premises. However, the mask-wearing requirement is still applicable to other parts of the premises and during time apart from photo-taking; and
- Barbecue sites managed by the Government and relevant facilities will be reopened.
Other social distancing measures will remain unchanged for now. Under the current rules, the maximum number of persons per table for catering premises is 12, and banquet activities with no more than 240 persons each are allowed. The maximum number of persons per table for bars/pubs is six, and the total number of patrons is capped at 75 per cent of their capacity. All patrons must present proof of a negative RAT result obtained within 24 hours, or a negative polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid (PCR) test result obtained within 48 hours. Otherwise, they should be denied entry.
Live performance and dancing activity are now allowed in catering premises and bars/pubs, on the premise that relevant performers must conduct regular tests (i.e. two PCR tests in every seven days, and an RAT on the same day before entering the premises for performance or rehearsal), wear masks as far as practicable, and keep a distance of at least 1.5m from the audience or patrons (or with effective partition). Performers and the audience or patrons should not mingle on the premises. Participants of dancing activities must wear masks while they are dancing.
Premises must continue to comply with the requirements related to the use of LeaveHomeSafe app and the Vaccine Pass, as well as restrictions for holders of Red Code/Amber Code in entering relevant premises
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