The Hong Kong Government has announced the following new social distancing measures for restaurants/caterers and bars, allowing for the resumption of daytime dine-in services, which will come into effect starting 00:00 31st July 2020 and will last for a period of 7 days until 4 August 2020.


Here is the summary below:


From 5am-5:59pm, restaurants are allowed to resume dine-in services, 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) Live performance and dancing is banned on catering premises
5) From 6pm-4:59am, 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:

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 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) live performance and dancing must not be allowed in any catering premises
(g) For the daily period from 6pm to 4.59am the next day, a catering business must cease selling or supplying food or drink for consumption on the premises of the business, and close any premises, or part of the premises, on which food or drink is sold or supplied by the business for consumption on the premises. The premises concerned may still sell or supply food and/or drink for takeaway services and delivery during this period.


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