Frequently Asked Questions on New Requirements to Reduce Gatherings

In view of the development of COVID-19 epidemic situation in Hong Kong, this web page may be further updated. Please also refer to the relevant press releases.

General Questions

  1. Why do we need to put in place these regulations?
  2. What is the legal basis for the Regulation (Cap. 599F) and the Regulation (Cap. 599G)?
  3. Are there other advice and more information?

Cap. 599F Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation

  1. What are the directions of the Regulation (Cap. 599F)?
  2. What are the legal consequences for contravening the aforementioned regulations?
  3. Can staff members be exempted from the vaccination requirement due to health reasons?
  4. How should the “LeaveHomeSafe” scanning requirement apply to elderly or children if they do not have a smartphone and are unable to use the LHS mobile application?
  5. Are customers required to scan the QR code or register their information when ordering takeaway?
  6. Should the catering premises comply with the requirement if they ask customers to fill in the information through collection box or Google form?
  7. How does the Government enforce the direction to ensure compliance of the catering and scheduled premises?
  8. How to define staff involved in the operation of the premises?
  9. Which catering business can be exempted from the “no dine-in” restriction?
  10. Is staff canteen exempted from the "no dine-in" restriction? How to define such category?
  11. If the customer orders at 11:30pm in a catering premises, is it possible for the customer continue eating or drinking in the catering premises after midnight?
  12. Can a wedding banquet/catering banquet be held?
  13. What is the definition of swimming pool?
  14. What is the definition of sports premises?
  15. Does the definition of amusement game centre cover Internet Computer Services Centre (also known as “Internet Café”) (網吧) and electronic-sports (“e-sports”) venue (電競場地)?
  16. What is the definition of beauty parlour?
  17. Does the definition of massage establishment cover premises that provide clinical massage treatments, or other similar services or treatments (such as establishment for physiotherapy)?
  18. Could a wedding ceremony be held from August 11 to August 24, 2022?
  19. If a customer violated the prohibition of gathering, would the hotel/guesthouse manager be held liable under Cap.599F/Cap.599G?
  20. Could a closed premises continue day-to-day administrative work or other businesses?
  21. Whether Annual General Meetings (AGMs) and Extraordinary General Meetings (EGMs) can be held from August 11 to August 24, 2022?
  22. Whether a person who could not comply with the prevailing Vaccine Pass Direction could join a wedding ceremony or funeral?

Cap. 599G Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Gathering) Regulation

  1. What is the Regulation (Cap. 599G)?
  2. Are there exemptions under the Regulation (Cap. 599G)?
  3. What are the legal consequences for contravening the Regulation (Cap. 599G)?
  4. What are public places? Will private properties not be classified as public places?
  5. Will a group of people queuing up for buses, using elevators, crossing the road or waiting for takeaways be defined as group gatherings?
  6. “Group gathering of persons living in the same household” is one of the exemptions. Will a family of any number of persons going to the park or shopping together be exempted?
  7. Does Cap. 599G apply to group gatherings taking place at catering and scheduled regulated under Cap. 599F?
  8. “Group gathering at a place of work for the purposes of work” is one of the exempted group gatherings. Is the exemption only applicable to the employees of an organisation working in the office of their organisation?
  9. Will sales and marketing of new properties be exempted?
  10. Will groups distributing face masks in public places be exempted?
  11. How do we define person(s) living in one household?

General Questions

  1. Why do we need to put in place these regulations?
    Maintaining social distancing is key to delay the spread of COVID-19 in Hong Kong. The Government has been reviewing the feasibility of relevant measures and will make adjustments on a timely basis in view of the latest development of the disease.
    Putting in place the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirement and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F) [the Regulation (Cap. 599F)] and the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (Cap. 599G) [the Regulation (Cap. 599G)] could help further enhance social distancing. When making the aforementioned Regulations, the Government has taken into account the activities and premises / places with higher infection risks of COVID-19, as well as overseas practices.
    The Government will continue to closely monitor the development of the epidemic situation and announce the latest social distancing measures in a timely manner while striking a balance among disease prevention and control, economic needs and level of acceptance of the society. Co-operation and self-discipline of members of the public is the key to the effectiveness of social distancing measures in preventing the spread of the disease in the community. Only with the co-operation of the public as a whole can the Government continue to allow resumption of social and economic activities in a gradual and orderly manner.

  2. What is the legal basis for the Regulation (Cap. 599F) and the Regulation (Cap. 599G)?
    The aforementioned Regulations are made in accordance with the Prevention and Control of Disease Ordinance (Cap. 599). Section 8 of the Ordinance empowers the Chief Executive in Council to make public health emergency regulation for the purposes of preventing, combating or alleviating the effects of a public health emergency and protecting public health.
    The above measures have balanced the oft-competing factors of public health protection, economic impact and social acceptance. They could help maintain social distancing while allowing room for resumption of social activities. The Government will continue to closely monitor the epidemic situation and review the various measures in place with a view to suitably adjusting them taking into account all relevant factors.

  3. Are there other advice and more information?
    The Centre for Health Protection strongly urges the public to maintain at all times strict personal and environmental hygiene, which is key to personal protection against infection and prevention of the spread of the disease in the community. On a personal level, members of the public should wear a surgical mask when having respiratory symptoms, taking public transport or staying in crowded places. They should also perform hand hygiene frequently, especially before touching the mouth, nose or eyes.
    Please read and regularly visit the COVID-19 thematic website and the Facebook fan page of the Centre for Health Protection regularly for further information and updates.

Cap. 599F Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation

  1. What are the directions of the Regulation (Cap. 599F)?
    The Government has gazetted the directions and specification under Cap. 599F applicable to catering business and scheduled premises. The directions and specifications will take effect from August 11 to August 24, 2022.

    Catering Business
    1. From 0am to 4.59am of the subsequent day, save for bars, pubs or specific premises (details at Annex), a person responsible for carrying on a catering business must cease selling or supplying food or drink for consumption on the premises of the business; and close any premises, or part of the premises (whichever is applicable), on which food or drink is sold or supplied by the business for consumption on the premises. The premises concerned may still sell or supply food and/or drink for takeaway services and deliveries. A person responsible for carrying on a catering business is also required to put up a notice at the entrance to the catering premises to remind customers that food or drink should not be consumed in areas adjacent to the catering premises. All catering premises must continue to implement the Vaccine Pass arrangement, under which all persons entering catering premises must comply with the vaccination requirement save under exempted situations (see details in the relevant press release on implementation arrangements for the Vaccine Pass). The maximum number of persons per table is eight, and banquets with no more than 120 persons will be allowed. For Bars or pubs within certain catering premises, it must be ensured that before a customer is allowed to enter the relevant part of the premises, he/she produces the negative result of a RAT conducted within the preceding 24 hours. The above new rule is not applicable to customers who do not enter the bars or pubs within the catering premises.

    2. Live performance and dancing activity is still not allowed in catering premises. When a catering premises is used for holding a specified event as defined under the Regulation, provided that no food or drink is supplied at the event, the catering premises that is in compliance with the applicable directions issued pursuant to the Regulation in respect of “event premises” during the event is not subject to the direction for catering premises. The venue manager for bars or pubs should put up a notice showing the scope of the premises, venue manager for catering premises with bars or pubs should put up a notice showing the floor plan of the relevant part of the premises.

    3. Other requirements and restrictions on catering premises will continue to remain in force, including that all customers, when they are away from the table, must not consume food or drink and must wear a mask, and they must scan the "LeaveHomeSafe" venue QR code using the "LeaveHomeSafe" mobile application on their mobile phones/other mobile devices before entering the premises (excluding persons who only order takeaway).

    4. Bars or pubs may open from 5am to 1.59am of the subsequent day with a maximum number of four persons per table and restriction of patrons to 75 per cent of their capacity. Live performance and dancing activity are not allowed therein. For Bar or pubs, it must be ensured that before a customer is allowed to enter the premises, he/she produces the negative result of a RAT conducted within the preceding 24 hours. The customer needs to show a photo showing the RAT-negative testing kit, on which the name of the customer as well as the day and time of taking the RAT are marked, of a test conducted within the preceding 24 hours.

    Scheduled premises
    5. For club-houses and hotels or guesthouses, managers must continue to comply with the relevant restrictions under Cap. 599F, including implementation of the Vaccine Pass and the catering premises therein must comply with all applicable requirements, including the restriction of dine-in service hours.

    6. For bathhouses, party rooms, clubs or nightclubs, karaoke establishments, mahjong-tin kau premises, sports premises, fitness centres, beauty parlours and massage establishments, places of public entertainment, places of amusement, amusement game centres, event premises, religious premises, barber shops or hair salons and cruise ships, managers must comply with the relevant restrictions under Cap. 599F, including implementation of the Vaccine Pass (see details in the relevant press release on implementation arrangements for the Vaccine Pass for active checking and passive checking premises) and ensuring customers use "LeaveHomeSafe". Staff members and customers alike must wear a mask at all times save for the exempted circumstances. Any person, as an officiating guest or speaker, may not have to wear a mask when making a speech to the audience or guests during an event held at places of public entertainment or event premises, provided that:— (a) there should be a distance of at least 1.5 metres or some form of partition which could serve as an effective buffer between that person and the audience or guests; (b) no sharing of equipment such as microphone with other persons is allowed; and (c) after the speech delivery is completed, the used equipment such as microphone must be cleaned and disinfected.

    7. For clubs or nightclubs, it must be ensured that before a customer is allowed to enter the premises, he/she produces the negative result of a RAT conducted within the preceding 24 hours. The customer needs to show a photo showing the RAT-negative testing kit, on which the name of the customer as well as the day and time of taking the RAT are marked, of a test conducted within the preceding 24 hours. The venue manager for clubs or nightclubs should put up a notice showing the scope of the premises. Customers in violation of the RAT requirement are liable to a fixed penalty ticket. In addition to the venue manager being criminally liable, premises that have omitted due diligence check of customer RAT result, must from the subsequent day of being identified of the irregularities by the enforcement officers, close for 14 days.

    8. For shopping malls, department stores, supermarkets and markets, the manager/person-in-charge must continue to comply with the relevant restrictions under Cap. 599F, including fulfilling the relevant requirements on "LeaveHomeSafe" and the Vaccine Pass under "passive checking".

    For details, please refer to the relevant press release and annexes.

    The Government announced on August 8 the addition of the Red Code and Amber Code into the Vaccine Pass to differentiate persons with higher risk of infection. Starting from August 9, confirmed cases will be categorised as persons with a Red Code, and inbound persons from overseas places or Taiwan will be categorised as persons with an Amber Code. Their Vaccine Pass QR codes will be displayed in red or amber accordingly. Persons-in-charge of premises should deny entry of relevant persons to relevant premises in accordance with relevant rules. (see details in the relevant press release on enhanced Vaccine Pass function and relevant frequently asked questions)

    Summary of latest measures on catering business and scheduled premises

    To help catering premises and scheduled premises operators, as well as the general public, understand the operational details of the " vaccine pass ", the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) has launched a thematic webpage as a one-stop portal to provide relevant information and working tools:
    https://www.fehd.gov.hk/english/events/covid19/vaccine_bubble_FP.html

  2. What are the legal consequences for contravening the aforementioned regulations?
    Persons responsible for carrying on catering businesses and managers of scheduled premises that contravene the statutory requirements under Cap. 599F would have committed a criminal offence. Offenders are subject to a maximum fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for six months. In addition, the Executive Council has approved amendments to Cap.599F, to require persons who are present at any premises of a catering business or any scheduled premises to comply with directions applicable to them. Non-compliance with the relevant directions would be an offence and offenders are subject to a maximum fine of $10,000. The liability may be discharged by paying a fixed penalty of $5,000. In particular, a staff member or a customer who makes false declarations or provides false information under the measures would be regarded as non-compliance with the directions issued under Cap. 599F and would be subject to a fixed penalty of $5,000. Any contravention against group gathering requirements within a premises under Cap. 599F would be handled according to the requirements under Cap. 599G, which means that participants of the group gathering would be subject to a fixed penalty of $5,000. The amendments have been published in the gazette and have taken effect on 29 April 2021.

  3. Can staff members be exempted from the vaccination requirement due to health reasons?
    If a staff member is unfit to receive vaccination because of health reasons, he/she must present a Covid-19 Vaccination Medical Exemption Certificate to the employer, and undergo a polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid test for COVID-19 using combined nasal and throat swabs every seven days. The specified declaration form has been uploaded on this webpage. A staff member who had obtained a positive result in a PCR test or RAT for COVID-19 in the past 3 months needs not comply with the aforesaid regular PCR test requirement. In addition, catering premises staff member would still be required to follow the requirement that is applicable to all catering premises staff by conducting RAT every three days before entering the premises.

  4. How should the “LeaveHomeSafe” scanning requirement apply to elderly or children if they do not have a smartphone and are unable to use the LHS mobile application?
    The following three categories of persons may use the specified form available on the COVID-19 Thematic Website / Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) webpage or a written or electronic form separately prepared containing all content in the aforementioned standard form to register his/her name, contact number and the date and time of his/her visit as an alternative to the use of the LHS mobile application. The relevant premises operator must keep the written or electronic records for 31 days: (a) persons aged 65 or above and aged 15 or below; (b) persons with disability; and (c) other persons recognised by the Government or organisation(s) authorised by the Government for this purpose. For persons aged 15 or below entering a catering premises or scheduled premises, he/she would not have to register his/her personal information using the specified form if he/she is accompanied by an adult who has complied with the LHS requirement (i.e. he/she has used the LHS mobile application or use the specified form to register relevant information as an alternative in accordance with the requirements).

    For shopping malls, department stores, markets and supermarkets, the above three categories of persons need not fill in the specified form.

  5. Are customers required to scan the QR code or register their information when ordering takeaway?
    Since takeaway only does not involve taking off the masks and the stay of customers is shorter than that of dine-in, it is acceptable that customers ordering takeaway (or the takeaway food couriers) are not required to scan the "LeaveHomeSafe" venue QR code or register their information.

  6. Should the catering premises comply with the requirement if they ask customers to fill in the information through collection box or Google form?
    Manager of the premises should require exempted customers to use the specified form available on the COVID-19 Thematic Website / Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) webpage or a written or electronic form separately prepared containing all content in the aforementioned standard form to register his/her name, contact number and the date and time of his/her visit as an alternative to the use of the LHS mobile application. The relevant premises operator must keep the written or electronic records for 31 days.

  7. How does the Government enforce the direction to ensure compliance of the catering and scheduled premises?
    Manager of the premises are required to keep the written or electronic registration records for 31 days. During inspection, enforcement agents may request the person in charge of the premises to provide relevant records as proof, or observe if manger/ staff have observed the direction to require users to scan the venue QR code or register relevant information before entry. Besides, in accordance with section 12(1)(e) of Cap. 599F, enforcement agents may require any person to provide the officer with the assistance or information in the person’s possession (e.g. to request customers to show the login page of the LeaveHomeSafe App) which the officer considers necessary to ensure that the direction has been complied with. Any person who obstruct an authorized officer who is performing a function under the Regulation commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine at level 3.

  8. How to define staff involved in the operation of the premises?
    Generally speaking, staff involved in the operation of the premises include those responsible for the day-to-day operation (such as customer service officers, waiters, chefs, etc.). Depending on the actual circumstances, clerical staff working at back office and those who are not responsible for the premises operation may not be subject the relevant direction.

  9. Which catering business can be exempted from the “no dine-in” restriction?
    Premises set out in Schedule 1 to Cap. 599F and certain catering business designated by the Chief Secretary for Administration in accordance with Section 7A of the Regulation can be exempted from the “no dine-in” restriction. The list of exempted catering business is at Annex. The exempted catering business still need to observe other infection control measures under the direction in relation to catering business when providing dine-in meal. According to section 4(1) of the Regulation, food or drink sold or supplied by a hotel or guesthouse as part of room service is excluded from the restriction.

  10. Is staff canteen exempted from the "no dine-in" restriction? How to define such category?
    Having considered the practical need and the exceptional circumstances of the case, the Chief Secretary for Administration has designated “canteens provided in any work place for the use exclusively of the persons employed in the work place and catering businesses during meal break of their employees” as an additional category of catering businesses for exemption from the “no dine-in” restriction under Section 7A of the Regulation. Such category does not include “factory canteen". The catering businesses which use part of their catering premises for employees to have their meals within their work place must designate the area during meal breaks of their employees and appropriate notice or segregation measures should be put in place to ensure that customers and members of the public cannot enter the area for dining inside. Besides, the waiting area for take-away services within the catering premises should be clearly segregated from the staff dining area, so as to avoid the risk of contravening the direction and virus transmission.

  11. If the customer orders at 11:30pm in a catering premises, is it possible for the customer continue eating or drinking in the catering premises after midnight?
    Catering business must cease selling or supplying food or drink for consumption on the premises from 12am to 4.59am and close the premises or the relevant area of the premises providing dine-in catering service. The manager should ensure that customers cease eating or drinking the food or beverages provided by the catering business during the specified time period so as to comply with the directions.

  12. Can a wedding banquet/catering banquet be held?
    Under the latest directions of Cap. 599F, from August 11 to August 24, wedding banquet/catering banquet for no more than 120 persons are allowed. The number of customers at a banquet must not exceed the capacity limit. In the case of more than the maximum number of persons in the same banquet event where guests are divided into sub-groups, if guests of different sub-groups and the organizer, or guests among different groups would contact or interact with each other, they should be deemed to be in the same banquet. Wedding banquet/catering banquet at catering premises must observe the above requirements. Otherwise, the person in charge of the catering premises may contravene the Regulation.

  13. What is the definition of swimming pool?
    Swimming pool means (i) any artificially constructed pool used for swimming or bathing (other than a pool specifically designed for use for hydrotherapy or other treatment purpose and a bathhouse) to which the public have access (whether on payment or otherwise) or that are operated by any club, institution, association or other organization; and (ii) includes any sidewalk immediately adjacent to the pool, any facility adjoining the pool and any spectator stand of the pool.

  14. What is the definition of sports premises?
    According to the amended Cap. 599F, sports premises refers to any premises (other than a fitness centre, a place of amusement and a swimming pool) designed, and for the time being used, for sporting activities (whether on land or not), and includes water vessels that are used for sport purpose, such as canoe, dragon boat, etc..

  15. Does the definition of amusement game centre cover Internet Computer Services Centre (also known as “Internet Café”) (網吧) and electronic-sports (“e-sports”) venue (電競場地)?
    Depending on the actual mode of business, the operations of Internet cafés and e-sports venues may fall under the meaning of an amusement game centre under section 2(1) of the Amusement Game Centres Ordinance (“the Ordinance”)(Cap. 435). According to the relevant provision, if the use or operation of the machinery or device in the Internet café / e-sports venue are in whole or in part for the purpose of amusement, recreation or entertainment on payment directly or indirectly of any consideration in money or money’s worth, such premises should fall within the definition of amusement game centre under the Ordinance.

  16. What is the definition of beauty parlour?
    According to Cap. 599F, beauty parlour means any premises on which one or more of the following types of services are provided:-
    1. chemical, mechanical or energetic procedure for beautifying purpose, including cosmetic procedures that involve skin puncture for non-medical purpose, on any part of the body (excluding hair on the head);
    2. nail treatment services (including manicure or pedicure service, nail extension, nail polish and nail art);
    3. hair loss improvement service (including hair transplant and hair weaving) for non-medical purpose.

  17. Does the definition of massage establishment cover premises that provide clinical massage treatments, or other similar services or treatments (such as establishment for physiotherapy)?
    According to the Massage Establishments Ordinance (Cap. 266), massage establishment means any place used or intended to be used or represented as being used for the reception or treatment of persons requiring massage or other similar service or treatment. Premises excluded from massage establishments are at Annex.

  18. Could a wedding ceremony be held from August 11 to August 24, 2022?
    From August 11 to August 24, marriage may be held at event premises or religious premises in accordance with the relevant Cap. 599F and Cap. 599L directions.

  19. If a customer violated the prohibition of gathering, would the hotel/guesthouse manager be held liable under Cap.599F/Cap.599G?
    On the assumption that participants of the group gathering follow the Cap.599F direction concerning the rules and restrictions for group gathering (such as rules on number of participants and maintaining distance), group gatherings at Cap.599F scheduled premises could be exempted from the group gathering requirement under Cap.599G.

  20. Could a closed premises continue day-to-day administrative work or other businesses?
    Staff carrying out internal work at the premises that is not opened to the public with no involvement of the public generally would not be affected by Cap.599F. If such scheduled premises that are required to suspend operation conduct more than one type of licensed business(es) at the premises, and that the operator has taken every step to effectively suspend or prevent the business that is required to close from providing service, then the premises could still operate licensed business that are not required to suspend operation.

  21. Whether Annual General Meetings (AGMs) and Extraordinary General Meetings (EGMs) can be held from August 11 to August 24, 2022?
    From August 11 to August 24, physical AGMs and EGMs are allowed to be held at event premises in compliance with the relevant Cap.599F and Cap.599L directions.

  22. Whether a person who could not comply with the prevailing Vaccine Pass Direction could join a wedding ceremony or funeral?
    Participants (who is not a staff member involved in the operation of the premises) of the following ceremony held at event premises and religious premises are exempted from the Vaccine Pass requirement –
    1. a wedding ceremony with the number of participants not exceeding the statutory required attendance for marriage (i.e. not exceeding 5 persons) under the Marriage Ordinance (Chapter 181) where no food or drink served (except as part of a religious ritual); or
    2. a funeral or any other occasion for mourning for or remembering a deceased who has yet to be buried or cremated.

Cap. 599G Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Gathering) Regulation

  1. What is the Regulation (Cap. 599G)?
    The Government gazetted the specifications that, during the 14-day period from August 11 to August 24, 2022:
    unless exempted, the prohibition on group gatherings of more than four persons in public places will continue. The requirement is also applicable to group gatherings in catering business and scheduled premises regulated under Cap. 599F in which the relevant requirements or restrictions are not complied with.

    Local group tours with no more than 30 persons organised by licensed travel agents and registered with the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong may be resumed. The relevant requirements include (1) relevant staff has received three doses of vaccine, and conducted RAT on the same day before the commencement of local group tour activities; and (2) all tour participants have fulfilled the prevailing Vaccine Pass requirements. If all tour participants have conducted RAT on the same day before the commencement of local group tour activities, the relevant restriction on the number of participants will be relaxed to 100 persons.

  2. Are there exemptions under the Regulation (Cap. 599G)?
    The scope of existing exempted gatherings is at Annex. The prohibitions on group gatherings are not applicable to exempted gatherings (e.g. a gathering for the purpose of or related to transportation).

  3. What are the legal consequences for contravening the Regulation (Cap. 599G)?
    Any person who participates in a prohibited gathering; organises a prohibited gathering; owns, controls or operates the place of the gathering; and knowingly allows the taking place of the gathering, commits an offence. Offenders are liable to a maximum penalty of a fine $25,000 and imprisonment for six months. Persons who participates in a prohibited gathering may discharge liability for the offence by paying a fixed penalty of $5,000. A staff member or a customer who makes false declarations or provides false information under the measures may be regarded as participating in a prohibited gathering and subject to a fixed penalty of $5,000.

  4. What are public places? Will private properties not be classified as public places?
    Public places refer to places where members of the public can get access to from time to time. If private properties allow access by members of the public from time to time, such as cinemas, shops and restaurants, such private properties would fall under the definition of public places and hence the requirements regarding group gatherings in the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation will also be applicable.

  5. Will a group of people queuing up for buses, using elevators, crossing the road or waiting for takeaways be defined as group gatherings?
    Group gathering generally means a group of people who gather for a common purpose. However, whether a case is defined as a group gathering depends on its nature, such as whether the gathering is organised beforehand, whether there is any interaction between the participants, and whether the gathering only lasts for a very short period of time. Generally speaking, the definition of group gatherings does not apply to the abovementioned examples.

  6. “Gathering of persons ordinarily living in the same household” is one of the exemptions. Will a family of any number of persons going to the park or shopping together be exempted?
    For people living in the same household, their gatherings are exempted.

  7. Does Cap. 599G apply to group gatherings taking place at catering and scheduled regulated under Cap. 599F?
    The scope of Cap. 599G has been extended to prohibit group gatherings at non-public places of scheduled premises regulated under Cap. 599F. Accordingly, for all the group gatherings in premises regulated under Cap. 599F, the participants must comply with the relevant group gathering requirements and restrictions specified under Cap. 599F in order to be exempted under Cap. 599G.
    If the group gathering related requirement or restriction under Cap. 599F is breached, such group gathering at the premises would not be exempted under Cap. 599G. Enforcement agents would consider whether to issue fixed penalty notices or initiate prosecution against those who breach Cap. 599G depending on actual circumstances, such as whether Cap. 599G directions is violated, whether relevant persons had taken reasonable steps to ensure group gathering related requirements and restrictions under Cap. 599F are complied with etc.

  8. “Group gathering at a place of work for the purposes of work” is one of the exempted group gatherings. Is the exemption only applicable to the employees of an organisation working in the office of their organisation?
    Generally speaking, “group gathering at a place of work for the purposes of work” refers to employees working at a place of work of their organisation. However, we understand that certain industries might have their special operational needs and judgment will be made on a case-by-case basis.

  9. Will sales and marketing of new properties be exempted?
    Members of the public participating in such activities will not be exempted. They must comply with the relevant requirements.

  10. Will groups distributing face masks in public places be exempted?
    Generally speaking, group gatherings in public places for activities of purpose which is conducive to the prevention and control of diseases, such as distributing face masks, may be exempted. However, we appeal to members of the public to avoid public gatherings during this critical period to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.

  11. How do we define person(s) living in one household?
    Person(s) living in one household include person(s) who ordinarily live in the same flat (including multiple subdivided flat within the same flat), dormitory apartment, etc.. If a person could provide reasonable proof showing that he or she ordinarily (instead of occasionally or temporarily) live at the location, the person fulfills the definition of person living in that household, even though that person may have other habitual residence.