Hong Kong to ban alcohol sales at restaurants

Clay Curtis
March 25, 2020

Hong Kong will ban all non-residents from entering the financial hub from midnight on Tuesday evening in a bid to halt the coronavirus, its leader said Monday, as she ordered restaurants and bars to stop serving alcohol.

Any residents of Hong Kong, mainland China or Taiwan to have been in any other foreign country in the past 14 days are also barred from entering Macau, however Macau residents returning from overseas via Hong Kong International Airport are still eligible to be transported by government-organized shuttle buses back to Macau, where they will undergo a 14-day quarantine.

Numerous cases were imported from overseas, as Hong Kong residents who had left - either to work or study abroad, or to seek safety when the city seemed destined for a major outbreak earlier this year - returned, bringing the virus back with them.

"We are investigating any further measures we can do rather than a complete closure of restaurants as we know many Hong Kong residents do not cook at home and often dine out".

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After one customer bragged he should be in self-isolation, Stokes posted a warning on Facebook promising to alert police to anyone breaching the guidelines.

Last week the Apple Daily newspaper carried a front-page photograph of a big group of foreigners drinking in the open while sitting shoulder-to-shoulder, sparking outrage on social media. Those who have not travelled overseas in the past two weeks will still be subject to 14 days of quarantine, Ho said.

Last week, a cluster of infections was found among patients who had been out in Lan Kwai Fong, the city's most famous nightclub street.

Bar staff in Wanchai, a popular entertainment district, said they now feared losing their jobs. They say it is unfair that only alcohol is subject to the suspension.

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