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More patrons allowed per table at eateries under ‘vaccine bubble’ arrangment, bars to reopen Thursday

More patrons allowed per table at eateries under ‘vaccine bubble’ arrangment, bars to reopen Thursday

Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee today announced that several social distancing measures will be relaxed this Thursday in accordance with the “vaccine bubble” arrangement, including the reopening of bars and nightclubs.
All staffers of eateries must receive their first Covid jab in order to enjoy the eased Covid rules, with all customers required to use the “LeaveHomeSafe” app.

Eateries will be allowed to operate until midnight instead of having to close at 10pm, with a maximum of six people allowed per table.

If all staffers were fully vaccinated with customers received their first jab, the restrictions will be further eased, allowing eateries to operate until 2am, with a maximum of eight people allowed per table. Eateries can also run at 75 percent capacity.

Those under the age of 15 and over the age of 65 can be exempted from using the app and leave their info using a designated form to keep record.

Bars, pubs, nightclubs, party rooms, karaoke establishments will also be allowed to go back in business starting this Thursday, operating until 2am. Staffers and patrons will all be required to receive their first Covid jab and must use the “LeaveHomeSafe” app.

Two customers will be allowed per table at bars, pubs and nightclubs. Four people will be allowed in each room at the karaoke establishments and party rooms.

Mahjong parlors can also go back in business and operate until midnight given all staffers and patrons have received their first dose of the Covid vaccine.

Local tours will resume allowing a maximum of 30 headcounts per tour. Tour guides must receive their first dose of the vaccine, while participants will have to be tested negative for the coronavirus within three days before the start of their tour.

As for wedding banquets, those held indoors could be attended by up to 50 people, and 100 people for outdoor areas. All staffers and participants aged 16 above must have received at least one Covid jab.

Restrictions on religious gatherings were also eased, allowing such gatherings held indoors to run at the premises’ 50 percent capacity. While those held outdoors at 100 percent capacity. All participants aged 16 above must have received at least one Covid jab.

The health chief stressed those who were deemed not fit to receive the Covid vaccine by doctors can sign a declaration form and submit relevant medical notes to be exempted from the vaccine requirements.

However, she said making false declarations deliberately is illegal and will be criminalized.

Meanwhile, Chan said authorities are currently developing a mobile app to allow catering operators to validate the vaccination records of staffers and patrons.

The operators will be empowered to check the vaccination records of staffers and patrons by using the mobile app, which the app will scan the QRcode presented by them.

Operators will be able to tell the vaccination progress of individuals by the color of the result shown on their app, distinguishing individuals who had received either one Covid jab or those who have been fully vaccinated.
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