A Cantonese restaurant employee in Mong Kok took off the vaccine pass scanner, symbolizing the abolition of the epidemic measures that have been going on for two years. Most dine-in patrons welcome the arrangement, with the restaurant sector expecting a 60 percent increase in turnover.
Chiu, a restaurant patron, said it is more convenient for people to dine out. He is not worried about the resurgence of infections as 90 percent of people have been vaccinated, and an immunity barrier has been built.
The restaurant's vice manager said he hopes for a 50 to 60 per cent increase in revenue as people hold more banquets.
As the restaurant is still worried about the spread of the infection, the tables will keep a 1.5-meter distance along with employees doing a RAT test every three days.
Lee, a restaurant owner, said the number of customers this morning was slightly more than before.
There were still customers who held back about the Covid
curbs being scrapped. Poon worried that there will be a surge in the number of confirmed cases and the epidemic back to severe, and further gripes that the sudden arrangement of the lift of pandemic measures left citizens at a loss.
Another customer, Chan hopes the infected people would have self-discipline and would not dine out.
His wife said that she was afraid of the spread of the disease by hidden carriers as many people will be going out during the festivities. She added that she is most anxious about the increased pressure on the health system.
The Chairman of the Institute Of Dining Professionals Raymond Chui Man-wai welcomed the abolition of the vaccine
pass and the distance requirement for the tables in restaurants. He expected the industry will see a 10 percent rise in revenue.
However, to safeguard the customer's health, he thinks it is still best to keep the partitions between the tables.
Chui also believes after the borders open up, the revenue of the food industry with increase a further 20 to 30 percent.