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Hong Kong Unlikely to Ease Final Social Curbs After Bar Clusters

  • Restrictions on live music, venue capacity to remain in place
  • City taking cautious approach to revive economy, please China
Bar patrons in Lan Kwai Fong on May 19.

Bar patrons in Lan Kwai Fong on May 19.

Photographer: Bertha Wang/Bloomberg

Hong Kong is unlikely to further ease social distancing curbs as planned in June due to a series of Covid clusters stemming from bars, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said, as the city pursues a gradual return to normalcy.

The third round of easing would have expanded venue capacity and allowed live music in bars, but Lam said at a regular Tuesday press briefing that her government had to be “prudent.” Waiting to lift those measures would not be detrimental to people’s lives, she added, whereas a wider outbreak could endanger livelihoods.