Great news for our friends in the bar industry!

The Hong Kong Government has announced the following new social distancing measures for restaurants/caterers and bars, extending the hours of dine-in services for catering businesses to midnight, which will come into effect starting 00:00 18th September until 24th September 2020.

Here is the summary below:

Restaurants/Caterers:

Restaurants are allowed to extend the hours of dine-in services to midnight, however:

1) All restaurants must remain at 50% capacity
2) No more than 4 people may sit at a table
3) There must be a distance of 1.5m between tables or a partition may be used to separate tables
4) From midnight to 5am, restaurants are only allowed to offer takeaway services

Bars/pubs
1)Bars and pubs can be reopened, but must remain at 50% capacity

2) No more than two people may be seated at a table

 

Please see below for the formal announcement:

Catering Business

The relevant requirements include:

(a) The number of customers at any catering premises at any one time must not exceed 50% of the normal seating capacity of the premises.
(b) No more than four persons may be seated together at one table within any catering premises;
(c) Tables available for use or being used by customers within any catering premises must be arranged in a way to ensure there is a distance of at least 1.5 metres or a partition which could serve as an effective buffer between one table and another table at the premises
(d) Any premises (commonly known as bar or pub) that is exclusively or mainly used for the sale or supply of intoxicating liquors can be reopened
(e) Any part of a catering premise that is exclusively or mainly used for the sale or supply of intoxicating liquors for consumption in that part can be reopened
(f)  Extend the hours of dine-in services for catering businesses to midnight and maintain other infection control measures.

 

For more details, please refer to the following press release from the Hong Kong Government.