The Hong Kong SAR Government announced (Mar 27) new regulations to combat the spread of COVID-19. These measures, aimed at enforcing social distancing, include a ban on gatherings of more than four people in a public place, and the closure of all entertaining and amusement premises. There will be exemptions for the four-person limit regulation, which came into effect on March 29 for 14 days, such as in the workplace and at weddings. Under a second regulation, restaurants are required only to serve half their capacity of customers and venues such as cinemas, fitness centers, and amusement game centers will close for two weeks, beginning March 28. All country park barbecue sites and campsites managed by the government will also be closed from March 28 through April 11.
Speaking at the press conference, the Chief Executive also urged for cooperation from Hong Kong residents returning from overseas to undertake compulsory 14-day quarantine at home and to respect the monitoring measures put in place.