We know you’re all dying for fun things to do—we are too—but in 2020, it’s hard to assuage the guilt that comes with going out. Even though autumn is typically our favourite time for cosy outdoor activities, we had resigned ourselves to yet another season spent indoors—until now.
But it appears not all hope is lost: AIA Vitality Park at the Central Harbourfront is set to debut The Grounds, Hong Kong’s first purpose-built COVID-safe event space, this Friday, 6 November.
On top of hygiene measures that have become the “new normal” in 2020 like temperature checks, health declaration forms, and regular sanitation, the venue has introduced private open-air pods spaced 1.5 metres apart and centred around a huge LED screen and stage. Face masks are mandatory when moving through the venue, but not required when you are seated inside your pod.
While the exact food and beverage partners for The Grounds have yet to be confirmed, the fact that the venue is helmed by former Taste of Hong Kong event director Simon Wilson bodes well for foodies. The Grounds’ website promises that there’ll be tacos, banh mis, and laksa, as well as movie snacks like popcorn and ice cream.
One thing we do know is that the bar menu is going to be stacked—The Grounds’ confirmed partners include Penfolds Max’s, Aperol Spritz, Pilsner Urquell, Peroni, Chase Distillery, and Jim Beam. For ease of mind, all food and drink orders are made via an app and delivered by staff in PPE.
Prices start at $150 for one-person pods and increase based on the event type, pod size, and drinks package. The calendar is starting off strong with a showing of Top Gun this Friday, but you can check out the full roster of events at The Grounds’ official ticketing site.