Updated: Aug 3, 2020
From yesterday people in Hong Kong weren’t allowed anymore eat in restaurants or cafes for a week as new prevention measures for the COVID-19.
[above] Empty restaurants
It was really unusual for a place as populated as Hong Kong to be walking by main coffee chains and seeing all the tables empty, especially because of the Hong Kong culture of eating out, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
It was only a week ago that the government decided to stop dine-in at restaurants for dinner, and then they to extended this measure to the whole day - but it backfired.
Although companies have allowed many workers to work from home for the city to function, there are many jobs that people can’t do from home. Hong Kong working hours are long and not everyone has a desk to eat at.
[above] Victoria Park - facilities closed
So from 29 July parks, benches and any place where people could seat on were used as eating spots by Hong Kong workers.
The cunning ones have started renting out tables in parks and some people have started bringing their own chairs.
But space (especially in certain urban areas of Hong Kong) isn’t much and people have been eating near each other.
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Just a day after less than two days of this new measure it seems that the government will announce today afternoon a new policy that will allow two people per table at restaurants and cafes from the morning to 6pm. Restaurants will only be allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
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