Social distancing measures remain for another two weeks, flower markets canceled

Strict social distancing measures will be extended for two weeks until February 3, the third day of the Lunar New Year, while large-scale festive activities, including the flower market and New Year fairs, will be canceled.

Under current social distancing measures, restaurants cannot offer dine-in service after 6 p.m. every night, while cinemas, entertainment centers, karaoke establishments and other premises must close.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor attended a press conference and made the announcement Thursday evening.

Lam hinted that social distancing measures will likely be eased gradually from Feb. 4, given that the pandemic situation will not change drastically.

However, the reopening of scheduled premises, including beauty salons and fitness centers, must be covered by the “vaccination bubble”, which means that citizens must be vaccinated before entering these premises.

On another note, the ban on flights imposed on eight countries, including Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States, will be extended until to February 4.

Meanwhile, Armenia, Bonaire, Guatemala and New Caledonia will be on the list of specified high-risk Group A locations from next Monday (January 17).