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Dining at restaurants banned and tightening of social distancing measures as increase in cases continues

More stringent restrictions starting Wednesday, July 29, to fight the ongoing outbreak in the city

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The government has just announced that from Wednesday, July 29, stricter measures will be put in place in the fight against the ongoing surge in new coronavirus cases in the city. From mid-week, all restaurants will be completely closed for dine-in – only takeout and delivery are permitted. Furthermore, public gatherings will now be limited to just two people, except for those who already live together. The government also stated mandatory mask-wearing in all indoor and outdoor public spaces, except for those with 'reasonable excuses' such as medical conditions, and infants under the age of two years. This rule means that masks will be required for all those exercising outdoors. 

The tightening of social distancing measures comes as new cases on Monday, July 27, exceed 100 for the third consecutive day resulting in more deaths around Hong Kong. The current rules will continue to be in place until August 4, pending any further developments. If you have questions about the latest social distancing restrictions and rules on public gatherings, visit our guide on the things you can and can't do in Hong Kong right now

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