Hong Kong is re-imposing some of its toughest Covid-19 restrictions across the board on social activities and international travel, setting a 6pm curfew on all dine-in services and banning flights from eight countries as it braces for a fifth wave of infections amid Omicron fears.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor told a Wednesday press conference the tougher rules were necessary with the city on the verge of a wider coronavirus outbreak following the community detection of an unlinked Omicron case.
Bars and pubs, fitness centres, theme parks, museums, party rooms, beauty parlours, swimming pools are among the 15 types of recreational venue ordered to close for a fortnight from Friday. Restaurants must also stop offering dine-in services to customers daily from 6pm until 4.59am the following day over that period.
The changes followed government pandemic advisers on Wednesday warning that a fifth wave of infections had already started, as they called on authorities to immediately tighten social distancing rules to cut off up to 10 invisible transmission chains already in the community.
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