Updates on HKSAR Government's social distancing measures on 21 July 2021

Announced on 21 July, 2021, the HKSAR Government will gazette amendments, directions and specifications under the Regulations to maintain most of the social distancing measures currently in place, and introduce a new type of scheduled premises, namely "event premises", with a view to specifying restrictions and requirements applicable to certain events with greater clarity so that social and economic activities can be resumed gradually in a controlled manner. The above directions and specifications will take effect from 0.00am on July 22, for a period of 14 days till August 4 2021(the specified period).

A spokesman for the Food and Health Bureau said, "Many social and economic activities have gradually resumed over time under the two phases of relaxation of social distancing measures based on 'vaccine bubble', allowing the general public to resume normal life slowly."

"However, we note that members of the public may not be fully certain of the restrictions and requirements applicable to individual activities, especially for closed-door activities held in premises accessible by the public. To enhance clarity on the requirements that are to be complied with and ensure consistency of requirements applicable to activities of similar nature, the Government will introduce a new type of scheduled premises, namely 'event premises', where specified events such as meetings, forums, symposiums, exhibitions, ceremonial events and celebratory events (including weddings and certain business meetings) can be conducted subject to the adoption of relevant infection control measures. We believe the arrangement can allow event organisers to be more certain about the restrictions and requirements applicable to the events, while at the same time minimising public health risks, so that social and economic activities can resume in a gradual manner during this period with stable epidemic situation."

"If the vaccination rate in Hong Kong can be raised sooner to achieve herd immunity, the social distancing measures can be further relaxed to allow Hong Kong to return to normality as soon as possible. Although the Government has procured sufficient doses of the CoronaVac and Comirnaty vaccines for the whole population, given the persistently tight global supply of vaccines, the quantity currently being delivered to Hong Kong have been unstable and may even result in shortage of supply. As a result, we call on the public to act immediately and receive vaccination as early as possible to get early protection."

For further details, please visit: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202107/21/P2021072100493.htm?fontSize=1