In response to the public outcry from the blanket ban on dine-in that took effect on July 29, where many of the city’s construction and other workers were forced to eat their lunch in uncomfortable conditions – such as under bridges and at transport interchanges – the government decided to lift the ban in restaurants starting today, July 30. However, the reversed regulations only allow restaurants to operate at a maximum of 50 percent capacity, seating only two people per table during the daytime until 6pm. Many workers will still struggle to find a clean, comfortable environment to enjoy their meals.
To help alleviate the situation, Eaton HK will be opening its ballroom event space from today onwards (11am to 3pm, 4pm to 9pm on weekdays) for those who seek a safe place to have lunch. All arrivals will be required to have their temperatures checked before entering the hotel, while the ballroom may be reached through a specially appointed elevator. As per government guidelines, all tables will be sanitised after each guest’s visit and are spaced 1.5m apart with a maximum of two people per table. Call 2782 1818 or head to Eaton HK's Facebook page for more information. Natalie Lam