Hong Kong to open beaches, extend nightlife as COVID curbs ease


Hong Kong will further ease COVID-19 restrictions, allowing bars to open until 2 a.m. and raising the number of diners permitted at a table to eight from four.

According to leader Carrie Lam, the move comes as cases in the global financial hub continue to ease.

“The COVID number has dropped to three digits in mid-April and didn’t rebound, despite foot traffic increasing during two holidays,” Lam said, adding that it was not right to prevent people from swimming when the weather was so good.

She said she hoped people could enjoy Mother’s Day on Sunday as more family members could dine together.

Hong Kong health authorities reported 283 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the first time the daily tally has dropped below 300 in nearly three months.

The city has recorded more than 1.2 million infections and over 9,300 deaths since the start of the pandemic

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