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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Mike Weeks


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Bars and nightclubs to reopen from Thursday  Listenfacebook
Bars, karaoke and nightclubs are set to reopen on Thursday as anti-pandemic measures are further eased. But customers will have to prove they've been vaccinated when entering restaurants and bars that plan to stay open until 2am. Wendy Wong has the details:
LKF chairman calls relaxation a win for both bars and vaccine drive   Listenfacebook
The government also announced a new round of subsidies for bars, karaokes, nightclubs and bathhouses that have been shut down. The HK$255 million scheme is expected to benefit 1,150 establishments. The chairman of the Lan Kwai Fong Group, Allan Zeman, welcomed the move and the reopening of bars, saying they are vital for staff, many of who have been out of work for months. He spoke to Annemarie Evans:
Vaccination is ‘our pathway back to normal’   Listenfacebook
In announcing the reopening of bars and other entertainment venues, Health Secretary Sophia Chan stressed the importance of vaccinations. She said if protection can be built amongst everybody “then the bubble will grow bigger and bigger.” Professor Benjamin Cowling from the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health agrees. He says Israel offers an excellent example of how mass inoculation can pave the way for a full relaxation of restrictions. But he told Mike Weeks the current low vaccination rate here means case numbers will still need to be carefully monitored following Thursday’s easing of anti-pandemic measures:
Jabs needed for all quarantine free travel   Listenfacebook
Commerce and Economic Development Secretary Edward Yau says future travel bubbles will only be open to Hong Kong residents who are fully vaccinated. Frances Sit reports:
Pandemic cited in refusal to process June 4 vigil application   Listenfacebook
The government has told organisers of the June 4 candlelight vigil that their application to use Victoria Park to mark the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown won't be processed because of Covid-19. Timmy Sung reports.
Probe of rights front described as fishing expedition  Listenfacebook
A political commentator says it should not be a crime for people to call on the authorities to respect human rights. But Chung Kim-wah says unfortunately nobody in Hong Kong knows where the red lines are these days. He was commenting on the police investigation of the Civil Human Rights Front on suspicion of violating the Societies Ordinance. Damon Pang has that story.
Carrie Lam sees no need to intervene in the Bar Association   Listenfacebook
Chief Executive Carrie Lam says she sees no need to intervene in the affairs of the Bar Association - for the time being - despite Beijing’s scathing criticism of its chairman, Paul Harris. Maggie Ho has details:
Review of electoral system overhaul rejected   Listenfacebook
A legal challenge to the tabling of a bill in the Legislative Council that will set down Beijing's changes to Hong Kong's electoral system has been rejected by the High Court. As Jimmy Choi reports, the judge decided that the judicial review had little prospect of success as local courts have no jurisdiction over the matter: