Hong Kong’s chief introduced town’s strictest COVID-19 restrictions thus far on Tuesday, together with banning multi-household personal gatherings and barring the unvaccinated from supermarkets, as new instances rose to 625, a report for the second day in a row.
Talking to reporters after her weekly Government Council assembly, Chief Government Carrie Lam stated the brand new measures embody banning gatherings of greater than two households in personal locations from Thursday, and shutting hair salons and non secular venues from Thursday to Feb. 23.
Premises together with gyms and sweetness parlors, which have been earlier ordered to shut until Feb. 18, will even be requested to stay shuttered until Feb. 23.
For the cross-household personal gathering ban, officers conceded that they might not proactively search to implement the regulation, however would take actions in the event that they discover such violations later reminiscent of throughout the contract tracing course of.
Authorities added that caregivers from a distinct family won’t be counted as such, therefore a gathering can happen with two totally different households and a caregiver who doesn’t stay with them.
The cap on gatherings in public locations shall be lowered from 4 to 2 from Thursday.
The announcement of the brand new measures got here as town reported 625 new instances on Tuesday, with 621 native infections.
Well being officers added there have been 2,628 confirmed instances reported within the final two weeks.
The supply for 898 of those infections nonetheless can’t be traced; most of them present in districts reminiscent of Sha Tin, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon Metropolis and Kwai Tsing.
Greater than 85 % are of the Omicron variant.
Authorities stated most of the instances originated from cross-family gatherings.
Lam additionally stated six extra venues shall be added to the record of premises that require a vaccine cross for entry.
They’re non secular venues, hair salons, supermarkets, markets, procuring centres and shops, that are along with locations reminiscent of eating places and cinemas that shall be closed to the unvaccinated from Feb. 24, 2022.
“We now have not made it necessary to get vaccinated by laws. We now have not reached this stage… We’re simply making it inconvenient… We’re utilizing very robust measures as a result of we’ve to guard Hong Kong,” stated Lam.
She added she has given sufficient time for the general public to get jabbed, regardless of some complaining of difficulties in making bookings for vaccination.
Everlasting Secretary for Meals and Well being Thomas Chan additionally gave an replace on the vaccine cross necessities.
For the primary section, which begins on Feb. 24, everybody 12 and above need to get not less than one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to enter such premises.
For the second section, which begins in finish April, all these 18 and above shall be required to get not less than two doses, whereas these 12 to 17 years previous will solely have to get one dose due to longer ready instances wanted between jabs for this group.
For the third section, which begins in finish June, everybody 18 and above who’ve obtained the second dose greater than 9 months in the past might want to take the third dose to fulfil the vaccine cross requirement.
For these 12 to 17 years previous, in the event that they obtained their first jab greater than six months in the past, they might want to get the second dose to fulfil the requirement.
Solely youngsters below 12 and those that are licensed by docs as not appropriate for COVID-19 jabs could be exempted from the vaccine cross necessities.