Hong Kong will maintain restrictions aimed at social distancing to avoid potential COVID-19 infections until at least October 1, the day China National Day is celebrated, as announced by area manager Carrie Lam.
“As I predicted a week ago, it would be very difficult to loosen our social distancing measures in a week,” Lam said at a press conference for the local South China Morning Post.
Notable among the restrictions in force is the four-person limit either to eat or to meet in public places. In the meantime, the restaurants can stay open until midnight.
However, Hong Kongers hope that restrictions will be eased from the proposed date, as this is also the day the Autumn Festival begins, a holiday traditionally associated with large family gatherings.