The Government will extend the dine-in hours allowed at catering business premises to midnight from September 18 for seven days.

 

It will gazette directions and specifications under three relevant regulations today to further relax the social distancing measures.

 

The number of customers at any catering premises must not exceed 50% of the normal seating capacity and no more than four people may be seated together at one table.

 

Bars or pubs can also reopen, with the number of customers not exceeding 50% of their normal seating capacity and no more than two people sitting together at a table.

 

Live performances and dancing must not be allowed in catering premises.

 

Karaoke activities at catering premises and mahjong-tin kau playing facilities provided therein must comply with the applicable restrictions and requirements.

 

Other requirements and restrictions in relation to catering business premises would remain in effect, including wearing a mask at all times except when people are consuming food or drink.

 

Other scheduled premises which have not been allowed to open due to the higher infection risk involved can also reopen subject to relevant requirements and restrictions.

 

They include bathhouses, all places of public entertainment, including theme parks and exhibition venues, party rooms, clubs or nightclubs, karaoke establishments and swimming pools.

 

The requirement for wearing a mask at all times when on public transport and in all public places will be extended from September 18 to 24.

 

Unless exempted, the prohibition on group gatherings of more than four people in public places will continue during the above seven-day period.

 

The Secretary for Food & Health will publish a notice in the gazette to specify the extended period for the purpose of the mandatory mask-wearing requirement under the relevant regulation.