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HK retains operation restrictions on restaurants, bars 

Chief Executive Lam said there will be no relaxation before the end of June.

Operation restrictions imposed on premises such as restaurants and bars will remain until the end of June, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said in a speech Tuesday.

The Chief Executive said Hong Kong needs to take a "prudent approach" on relaxation of measures as the city is currently in a "stagnant situation" with its daily number of COVID cases starting at around 200 to 300 cases.

"My position at this moment is we probably will not introduce the third and final stage of the social distancing measures relaxation before the end of June," Lam said.

The final phase of the relaxation of social distancing measures involves removing any remaining restrictions on the operation of specified premises which include restaurants and bars.

“For example, the maximum number of people in a banquet, the capacity—whether it is 75% or 85% or whether it should go back to 100%—and the permission of live performances... I feel these activities would not be very detrimental to the return to normalcy of the great majority of Hong Kong people," Lam said.

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