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Hong Kong Inches Toward Normalcy With Move to Open Schools, Bars

  • Carrie Lam says decline in cases allows relaxation of measures
  • Gyms, cinemas to reopen; 8 people allowed at cafe tables
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Watch: Lam says Hong Kong will soon relax some social distancing measures.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam moved to loosen curbs on social gatherings and reopen shuttered schools, as a lull in coronavirus infections set the stage for fresh political battles over the future of the Asian financial hub.

Lam raised the number of people allowed to gather in groups to eight, from four currently, and said gyms and movie theaters would be allowed to reopen. Bars will also reopen with capacity restrictions -- and live music performances and dancing won’t be permitted. The changes go into effect Friday. Schools will also start resuming later this month in phases.