Hong Kong Tightens Gatherings, Sends Civil Servants Home

Hong Kong Tightens Gatherings, Sends Civil Servants Home

Hong Kong introduced the city’s toughest public-gathering restrictions in months and decided to send civil servants back to work-from-home arrangements as the government steps up efforts to contain the latest wave of coronavirus infections in the Asian financial hub.

Public gatherings will be limited to two people, including at restaurant tables and at sports venues, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said at a briefing on Monday. Most new measures will go into effect on Wednesday and last two weeks, she said.

The slew of restrictions come as Hong Kong reported 76 new coronavirus patients for the day, with most of them being local transmissions and nine cases being untraceable. The new measures are similar to those announced in July, when the city faced its worst-ever outbreak. The current resurgence has already delayed a planned air travel bubble with Singapore, and the onset of colder weather may mean that the virus’s spread is harder to curb.