New Regulations on Catering Services start on Jan. 7 to 20

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Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, announced on Jan. 5, that the Hong Kong gov't will tighten social distancing measures to reduce public traffic, social functions, and crowd gatherings starting on Jan. 7 to Jan. 20.

The Hong Kong government will tighten social distancing measures to reduce public traffic, social functions, and crowd gatherings to the greatest extent given the development of the Covid-19 epidemic situation in Hong Kong, the Government announced on Jan. 5.

“The COVID-19 epidemic situation in Hong Kong has evolved drastically on the previous day. The virus has spread into the local community due to several imported cases concerning exempted aircrew members, and silent transmission chains may have already existed in the community. Hong Kong now faces a substantial risk of a major outbreak. The Government must adopt stringent measures in the coming two weeks to contain the epidemic as early as possible,” a Government spokesman said.

To curb the spread of the virus in the community, relevant measures will apply to catering businesses and premises, regulated under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap.599F).

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The following regulations on catering services will start on Jan. 7 until Jan. 20.

1. Catering business will cease selling or supplying food from 6 p.m. until 4:59 a.m.
2. No live performances in catering services
3. In restaurants and other catering services, all customers, when they are away from the table, must not consume food or drink and must wear a mask; and they must scan the LeaveHomeSafe (LHS) venue QR code using the LHS mobile application on their mobile phones / other mobile devices before entering the premises (excluding persons who only order takeaways).
4. Bars and pubs are closed
5. Premises regulated under Cap 599F are suspended
a) Amusement game centres
(b) Bathhouses;
c) Fitness centres;
(d) Places of amusement;
(e) Places of public entertainment;
(f) Premises (commonly known as party rooms) that are maintained or intended to be maintained for hire for holding social gatherings;
(g) Beauty parlours;
(h) Establishments (commonly known as clubs or nightclubs) that are open late into the night, usually for drinking, and dancing, or other entertainment;
(i) Karaoke establishments;
(j) Mahjong-tin kau premises;
(k) Massage establishments;
(m) Swimming pools;
(n) cruise ships (i.e. suspension of “cruise-to-nowhere” itineraries); and
(o) event premises.

6. For club-houses and hotels or guesthouses, managers must comply with the relevant restrictions under Cap. 599F, including closing the facilities therein that are being used or operated as premises mentioned in points (4) and (5) above; and the catering premises therein must comply with all applicable requirements, including that of suspension of dine-in service during dinnertime.