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Govt reverses daytime ban at restaurants

2020-07-30 HKT 12:06
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  • Photographs of blue-collar workers eating outdoor circulated online soon after the government banned eat-in service at restaurants. Photo: RTHK
    Photographs of blue-collar workers eating outdoor circulated online soon after the government banned eat-in service at restaurants. Photo: RTHK
The government has made a U-turn and relaxed its round-the-clock ban on restaurant dining – just a day after it was imposed.

Under the modified regulations, restaurants will be allowed to serve its customers during breakfast and lunch time from Friday, but the number of people at a table will be restricted to two.

Restaurants will be allowed to accommodate only half of its seating capacity and tables need to be 1.5 metres apart.

The ban on dining-in after 6pm will remain.

The announcement came after blue-collar workers like construction workers or cleaners were seen having takeaways outdoor in heavy rain, or inside the toilets or storerooms.

Meanwhile, a plan to open the Lei Muk Shue Community Hall for people looking for a place to eat their lunch had to be abandoned on Thursday, as it was closed for disinfection after a Covid-19 case was confirmed in the same building.

The Home Affairs Department said the Shek Wai Kok Community Hall in Tsuen Wan was opened instead.

The government earlier announced that it would open 19 community halls across the city between 11am and 3pm starting on Thursday, for those who do not have a place to have their lunch.
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Last updated: 2020-07-30 HKT 13:45