Hong Kong: Dining-in banned, masks become mandatory in public as COVID cases surge

Hong Kong has tightened social-distancing rules, with no dine-in services allowed in restaurants, and masks required even in outdoor public areas amid a surge in coronavirus infections. Footage filmed on Wednesday shows people wearing face masks on the streets of Hong Kong with restaurants offering only takeaway. On Monday, Hong Kong's Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung announced that face masks would be mandatory in both indoor and outdoor public places starting from Wednesday. Among other measures are a ban on dine-in services at restaurants and public gatherings of more than two people. Earlier on Wednesday, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam warned that the coronavirus situation in the region was «really critical» and the city was «on the verge of a large-scale community outbreak.» On Monday, Hong Kong reported a record of 142 new local coronavirus cases.

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