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Hong Kong to Mandate Diners Use Contact Tracing App from Dec. 9

  • Some eateries have allowed patrons to handwrite contact info
  • City is one of last Covid Zero holdouts, along with China
A customer scans a QR code for the LeaveHomeSafe Covid-19 contact-tracing app prior entering a McDonald restaurant in Hong Kong.
A customer scans a QR code for the LeaveHomeSafe Covid-19 contact-tracing app prior entering a McDonald restaurant in Hong Kong.Photographer: Roy Liu/Bloomberg

Hong Kong will require all diners to use the government’s Covid-19 contact tracing app from December 9, bolstering anti-virus measures as it works to reopen the border with mainland China. 

The LeaveHomeSafe app will be required at establishments including restaurants, bars, sports centers and entertainment venues, according to a statement Tuesday evening.