Latest directions issued by the SFH in accordance with the Regulation
The Secretary for Food and Health (SFH) now issues the following directions through notice in the Gazette in accordance with the Regulation. The directions will commence at March 28 at 6pm for a period of 14 days (i.e. till 5.59pm on April 11). Details of the directions are set out below:
The relevant requirements include:
(a) the number of customers at any premises on which food or drink is sold or supplied for consumption on the premises (catering premises) at any one time must not exceed 50% of the normal seating capacity of the premises;
(b) 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 some form of partition which could serve as effective buffer between one table and another table at the premises;
(c) no more than 4 persons may be seated together at one table within any catering premises;
(d) a person must wear a mask at any time within any catering premises, except when the person is consuming food or drink on the premises;
(e) body temperature screening on a person must be conducted before the person is allowed to enter the catering premises; and
(f) hand sanitisers must be provided at any catering premises for any person at the premises.
The Secretary for Food and Health (SFH) issues the following directions for 14 days through a notice published in the Gazette in accordance with the Regulation. The directions will take effect at 6pm on March 28.
The person responsible for carrying on the catering business (i.e. the owner, proprietor and manager) commits an offence if he or she fails to comply with the above requirements. Offences would attract a fine at level 5, i.e. $50,000, and imprisonment for six months, which is the maximum penalty the Regulation may provide pursuant to section 8 of Cap. 599.
For more details, please refer to the following press release from the Hong Kong Government.