Hong Kong bans all non-residents from entering the city

Hong Kong to ban alcohol sales at restaurants

Hong Kong to ban alcohol sales at restaurants

The strict new measures come as the number of confirmed cases in the city has nearly doubled in the past week.

On Monday chief executive Carrie Lam announced a raft of measures created to stop the upward trend.

Hong Kong residents as well as people from mainland China, Macau, and Taiwan are not subject to the entry ban, if they have not traveled overseas for the past 14 days.

The city's airport - the eighth busiest in the world - would also bar all transit passengers, Lam added.

Lam also said the government has proposed amending laws to forbid about 8,600 restaurants, bars and clubs with liquor licenses from selling alcohol in a bid to curb social drinking activities among the citizens.

"Sometimes when people drink more, there may be some intimate acts", she told reporters.

Alcohol will be available in supermarkets and convenience stores across the city.

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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. The sales ban will go into effect, after it has been approved by Hong Kong's legislative body.

As Hong Kong suffers a new spike in coronavirus infections, anger and recrimination have broken out among the city's expatriates over whether enough of their well-heeled community is taking the outbreak seriously enough.

But there has also been some anger directed at the drinking habits of some Western white-collar workers as numerous city's inhabitants isolate themselves.

This ban on foreign arrivals will last for 14 days according to the report.

The new measures, which represent the tightest border restrictions yet since the outbreak of the coronavirus, come after Hong Kong implemented similar requirements for anyone arriving in the SAR.

Bar staff in Wanchai, a popular entertainment district, said they now feared losing their jobs.

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