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Health chief visits Eastern Hospital

Secretary for Health Prof Lo Chung-mau today visited Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital to get an update on the service of public hospitals.        He toured the hospital’s specialist outpatient clinic, medical ward, accident and emergency department and hyperbaric oxygen therapy centre, followed by a meeting with its management and frontline healthcare staff to learn about the service demands and manpower deployment.        Prof Lo said: "Having gone through the anti-epidemic work in the past three years, Hong Kong is on the road to full normalcy. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all healthcare staff for their efforts in performing duties and working tirelessly amidst immense work pressure to safeguard the city's healthcare system.”            Noting that Hong Kong will see a sharp rise in the number of travellers with the full resumption of normal travel with the Mainland, Prof Lo said the Government will closely monitor the development of the CO

Govt to ease social distancing rules

The Government today announced a further relaxation of social distancing measures with a view to relaunching social and economic activities in an orderly manner.   In a press release, the Government explained that following the first stage of relaxation since April 21, the COVID-19 epidemic situation in Hong Kong has remained under control.   As the number of daily new cases has been on a continuous downward trend without a salient sign of rebound, coupled with the fact that Vaccine Pass requirements have been put in place since April 30, it considered that Hong Kong is ready to implement the second stage of relaxation in social distancing measures from May 19 as scheduled, and suitably advance the easing of certain measures from May 5.   Starting on May 5, three social distancing measures will be eased. First, the maximum number of people per table in catering premises will be increased from four to eight.   Second, swimming pools will be reopened, but users must wear masks at all times except when they are exercising or taking a shower. The Leisure & Cultural Services Department will also gradually reopen its gazetted beaches, water sports centres and public swimming pools under its management.   Third, citizens can be mask-free when they visit country parks, while conducting strenuous physical activity in outdoor public places or exercising in outdoor sports premises.   Separately, from May 19, additional social distancing measures will be eased unless there is a substantial rebound or drastic change in the epidemic situation.   Dine-in service hours will be extended to 11.59pm. Bars and pubs can be reopened with service hours up to 1.59am and a maximum of four people per table.   Other scheduled premises that are currently closed, which include bathhouses, party rooms, clubs or nightclubs, karaoke establishments, mahjong-tin kau premises and cruise ships, may reopen.   Also starting May 19, the restriction on the number of people allowed in premises such as cinemas, performance venues, museums, event premises and religious premises will be relaxed to 85% of their capacity. Moreover, patrons will be allowed to eat and drink in cinema houses.   Furthermore, people will not be required to wear masks when they are working out in indoor sports premises and fitness centres that satisfy the air change requirement.   The Government reminds the public that the third stage of the Vaccine Pass, which requires citizens to get the third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before entering specified premises, will be implemented on May 31.
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