The Hong Kong Government has announced the following new social distancing measures for restaurants/caterers and bars, allowing extend the hours of dine-in services for catering businesses to 9pm, which will come into effect starting 00:00 28th August 2020.
Here is the summary below:
Restaurants are allowed to extend the hours of dine-in services to 9 pm, however:
1) All restaurants must be at 50% capacity
2) No more than 2 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) After 9pm restaurants are only allowed to offer takeaway services
1) Bars and pubs that mainly sell alcohol must be closed
Please see below for the formal announcement:
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 two 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 must be closed
(e) any part of a catering premises that is exclusively or mainly used for the sale or supply of intoxicating liquors for consumption in that part must be closed
(f) Extend the hours of dine-in services for catering businesses to 9 pm and maintain other infection control measures.
For more details, please refer to the following press release from the Hong Kong Government.