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With everything in flux, it’s hard to keep tabs on what’s closed and what’s not given the government’s ever-changing social distancing guidelines. We’ve dug through public information and official government announcements to compile all you need to know about what you can and cannot do in a handy table for your reference.
8 December update: From 10 December onwards, dine-in services restaurants must cease at 6 pm for 14 days. A maximum number of two people per table will be allowed in restaurants during the day and restaurants must operate at 50 percent capacity; bars and nightclubs must remain closed. Gyms, beauty, and massage parlours will close. Banquets are restricted to 20 people.
|Outdoors (all spaces)||Masks since 29 Jul until TBD|
|Indoors (public spaces)||Masks since 29 Jul until TBD|
The maximum penalty for flouting these government regulations are a $25,000 fine and six months’ imprisonment.
|Restaurants and cafés||Yes||6 people per table max.|
Bars and pubs
4 people per table max.
Below are guidelines for government-run public facilities managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD). For the record, hikes and cycling paths were never closed before at any point and remain available, though do check first here for hikes in country parks.
|Tennis courts, bowling greens, roller and skateparks||Yes||N/A||Ngau Chi Wan Park Archery Range, Shek O Obstacle Golf Course, Tuen Mun Recreation and Sports Centre are also open|
|Running tracks in sports grounds||Yes||N/A||N/A|
|Beaches||No, but open starting on 3 Nov||Open from 3 Nov||Barbeque pits remain closed|
|Pools||Yes||N/A||Can operate at 75 percent capacity max. starting on 30 Oct|
|Soccer pitches, basketball courts, children's play and outdoor exercise equipment|
Check with individual museums before heading out
|Barbershops and hair salons||Yes||N/A||N/A|
|Beauty and massage parlours||Yes||N/A|
|N/A||Closed until TBD|
|Party rooms||Yes||N/A||Closed until TBD|
|Disneyland and Ocean Park||Yes||N/A|